US Supreme Court finds part of Oklahoma state Indian land

Sun President John Roberts, in the dissenting opinion, noted that this would lead to problems in the state judicial system

The U.S. Supreme Court recognized eastern Oklahoma as a reservation of Native American tribes. 5 out of 9 judges voted for the decision. About 2 million people live in this part of the state.

Now, according to the decision of the Supreme Court, a separate judicial system will operate on the reservation territory. Tribal courts will impose punishment for minor offenses. Serious crimes will continue to be dealt with by the federal courts. However, some convicts under federal law can now challenge sentences.

Chief Justice John Roberts in the dissenting opinion noted that the decision would destabilize state courts.

In the 1830s, Native American tribes from the eastern states were relocated to the so-called Native American territory (modern Oklahoma). A large number of people died during the resettlement. In the mid-1850s, the Oklahoma Indians signed an agreement with the US federal government that guaranteed them sovereignty on their lands. However, during the Civil War, when part of the Indian tribes, who also owned black slaves, supported the Confederation of Slave Owners, Southerners, this treaty ceased to exist. In 1907, Oklahoma, where previously there was a large part of the Indian territory, received the status of a state.

Now, according to US Supreme Court member Neil Gorsach, the US government has finally fulfilled its promise to Native Americans back in the 19th century.

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Author: Killian Jones
Graduated From Princeton University.He has been at the USTV since 2017.
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