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Supreme Court churns along with Indian Country case amid coronavirus crisis


March 31, 2020

From left: Second Chief Del Beaver, Creek National Council Second Speaker Darrell Proctor, Creek National Council Speaker Randall Hicks, Principal Chief David Hill, Secretary of Education Greg Anderson and Creek Nation Ambassador Jonodev Chaudhuri at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on February 11, 2020. Photo courtesy Jason Salsman / Muscogee (Creek) Nation

With the nation hobbled by the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. Supreme Court continues work on McGirt v. Oklahoma, the only Indian law case set for argument during the current term.

In an order issued on Monday morning, the justices granted time for both the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the U.S. Department of Justice to argue at the upcoming hearing, alongside counsel for Jimcy McGirt, the Indian inmate whose rights are at issue in the closely-watched case. The argument is still scheduled to take place on April 21, amid coronavirus social distancing guidelines, travel advisories and other restrictions in place at least through the end of that month.


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