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Supreme Court sneaks in another Indian Country case to the docket


December 23, 2019

The National Congress of American Indians held its 76th annual convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from October 21-21, 2019, Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Anyone wondering why the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be taking its time with one of the most closely-watched controversies in Indian Country history finally got a glimpse with the addition of a new case to the docket.

In an order on Friday, the justices agreed to hear McGirt v. Oklahoma, a criminal jurisdiction case that had been lurking under the radar. In fact, when tribal leaders were recently given an update on the Supreme Court, the petition wasn't even brought up by Indian law experts at the National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund.


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