Law & Principles

Officials call on Congress to address McGirt challenges

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is urging Congress to approve legislation that restricts the impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding tribal reservations in Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
October 21, 2020
Law & Principles

OCPA urges Congress to provide post-McGirt fairness, certainty and unity

In a letter to members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs has urged Congress to formally disestablish five tribal reservations to ensure fairness, certainty and unity for all Oklahomans.

Staff
October 8, 2020
Law & Principles

State retains environmental oversight—for now

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has approved Gov. Kevin Stitt’s request for the state of Oklahoma to retain regulatory oversight of lands now considered part of Indian reservations when those properties are not owned by a tribal government.

Ray Carter
October 8, 2020
Law & Principles

McGirt complications: Judge considers recusal

The ripple effects continued to be felt this week as a McGirt-based criminal appeal highlighted another challenge: The judges who have to resolve such legal disputes often have ties—and even receive benefits from—tribal governments, creating conflict-of-interest appearances.

Ray Carter
October 2, 2020
Law & Principles

House taps Chickasaw bank official for redistricting effort

A prominent Chickasaw bank official has been named to a high-profile role in the Oklahoma House of Representatives’ redistricting process.

Ray Carter
September 30, 2020
Law & Principles, Good Government

Court upholds Oklahoma election security laws

A U.S. district court judge has rejected the Oklahoma Democratic Party and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s request to strike down Oklahoma absentee-voting laws, declaring those laws impose only a “minimal burden” and that voter-fraud concerns “are legitimate and weighty.”

Ray Carter
September 18, 2020
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