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With half the state now deemed a Native reservation, is a crime wave coming to Oklahoma?

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10.07.2020

In a stunning 5-4 ruling on Thursday, the court found that a massive swath of eastern Oklahoma should be recognized as a Native American reservation. The state’s largest city, Tulsa, sits on this land, along with 1.8 million people, of whom only 15 percent are Native Americans.

The court didn’t just decide to cede half a state in a fit of social-justice fervor. Instead, and doubly puzzlingly, it ruled in favor of a convicted child rapist, who argued that the state had no jurisdiction to try and imprison him, as his crime – the heinous rape of a four-year-old girl in 1996 – had allegedly been committed on indigenous land.

Nevertheless, Republican Justice Neil Gorsuch invoked the bloody history of the taming of America when delivering the court’s opinion, declaring that “on the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise,” that promise being sovereignty for the Creek Indians over their own land, under an 1833 treaty. As Congress has never said otherwise, Gorsuch and his colleagues decided that the US Government’s 19th Century promise was still valid.

The court’s decision was a textual one, but one with very real consequences. As well as springing child rapist Jimcy McGirt from jail, it opens the door for 155 murderers, 113 rapists, and more than 200 child abusers to challenge........

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