Title

McGirt v. Oklahoma (2020)

Abstract

McGirt v. Oklahoma (2020) Jimcy McGirt, a citizen of the Seminole Nation, which is geographically situated within the state of Oklahoma, was convicted in 1997 in Oklahoma State Court of molesting, raping, and sodomizing a four-year-old girl. McGirt was found guilty and received a sentence of 1,000 years “plus life in prison.” The crimes occurred within the Muskogee (Creek) Nation’s historical territory, also located within Oklahoma boundaries. The Muskogee have inhabited these reserved lands since they were compelled in the early 1830s to sign removal treaties with the federal government and vacate their ancestral homes in the Southeastern United States.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-12-2020

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2020, Center for the Study of Federalism

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