Law & Principles

U.S. Supreme Court to consider McGirt limits

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by the State of Oklahoma that could lead to curtailment of the court’s prior decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, which effectively held that most of eastern Oklahoma consists of Indian reservations.

Ray Carter
January 21, 2022
Law & Principles

Court rules against Biden vaccine mandate

The Biden administration’s effort to make COVID-19 vaccines a condition of employment throughout the private sector has been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, although the court separately ruled that the Biden administration does have the authority to impose a vaccine mandate on health-care workers at facilities receiving Medicaid or Medicare funding.

Ray Carter
January 14, 2022
Law & Principles

U.S. Supreme Court allows McGirt limit to stand

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition for certiorari, leaving in place an Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals’ decision declaring the high court’s McGirt ruling will not be applied retroactively.

Ray Carter
January 11, 2022
Law & Principles

Biden administration argues it can mandate numerous vaccines

Defending its effort to make COVID-19 vaccination, or routine testing, a condition of private-sector employment, the Biden administration told the U.S. Supreme Court that federal law allows the executive branch to unilaterally mandate vaccinations through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—and said the administration has the authority to require additional vaccinations as well.

Ray Carter
January 7, 2022
Law & Principles

McGirt harming Oklahoma nationally

Some tribal leaders argue the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, which found a reservation was never disestablished in Oklahoma and that state officials therefore cannot prosecute many crimes involving American Indian victims or criminals, is a boon to the state.

Jonathan Small
January 5, 2022
Law & Principles

Judges among those criticizing McGirt ruling

Since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, which effectively declared that nearly half of Oklahoma consisted of Indian reservations, Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General John O’Connor have been among the most high-profile critics of that decision.

Ray Carter
January 4, 2022
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