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Attorney General, Five Tribes release agreement on civil, criminal jurisdiction

Mike Hunter
Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 16:41:09-04

Attorney General Mike Hunter and leaders from five tribes release agreement in principle for proposed federal legislation.

On July 9, the Supreme Court ruled Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases in a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma that remains an American Indian reservation.

READ MORE: Supreme Court rules much of eastern Oklahoma remains tribal reservation

The agreement among the attorney general and the five tribes clarifies the respective state and tribal jurisdiction in both civil and criminal matters, according to an official press release.

Attorney General Hunter said this about the agreement:

Although there are many more details to be ironed out in the near future, we believe this agreement regarding civil and criminal jurisdiction is the best path forward for protecting the public and promoting continued economic growth in Oklahoma. My commitment to our tribal partners is to work together to forge common ground on the issues brought to light by this case. Oklahoma’s tribal nations are a fundamental part of Oklahoma’s culture, economy, politics and governance. The relationship between the tribes and my office is based on trust and mutual respect. And that synergism has been essential to the successful formation of this important agreement.
Attorney General Mike Hunter

Officials said they are continuing to work on the provisions for public safety on-the-ground, which includes child welfare and law enforcement matters.

Click here to read the agreement in full.

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