Law & Principles

Officials offer few solutions as alleged rapist is freed

Due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively reestablished the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s tribal reservation in Oklahoma, an alleged serial rapist may never face trial.

Ray Carter
September 2, 2020
Law & Principles

Federal government approves new state-tribal compacts

The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has allowed two new state-tribal gaming compacts to take effect, a move that could result in greater competition in Oklahoma’s casino market and provide a higher share of gaming revenue to state government.

Ray Carter
August 20, 2020
Law & Principles

Slave-owning past remains problem for Choctaws

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is now opposing federal efforts to require that descendants of the tribe’s former slaves be given promised rights before the tribe can receive federal housing funds.

Ray Carter
August 19, 2020
Law & Principles

Oklahoma’s election-security laws within international norms

This year the Oklahoma Legislature approved, and the governor signed into law, legislation requiring that absentee votes cast during a pandemic include a copy of the voter’s photo ID, and reinstated a requirement for notarization of absentee voting in future elections. The bill was advanced after similar election safeguards were struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court based on a technicality.

Ray Carter
August 13, 2020
Law & Principles

Trump directive on illegal aliens could benefit Oklahoma

Oklahoma could be “on the cusp” of regaining the sixth congressional seat it lost after the 2000 Census.

Mike Brake
July 28, 2020