The agreement confirms the criminal jurisdiction of tribes by the territories with respect to Indian offenders, while confirming the criminal jurisdiction of the state for all offenders in the same territories. There is an exception to the authority of the state with respect to Indians who commit crimes on ”Indian trust or a restricted country” which, in some cases, have never been attributed. The agreement, released Thursday, also targets legal mechanisms to combat the hundreds of Indians in state prisons, whose convictions can be overturned under the Supreme Court ruling. ”Tribes are interested in protecting their rights to autonomy, in being left alone to prevent the state from scattering with them. OKLAHOMA CITY (CN) – Oklahoma`s five tribes and heads of state on Thursday announced an agreement to clarify the state`s criminal and civil jurisdiction in the tribal areas, a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that much of The eastern tribe of Oklahoma would remain. On Friday, the Muscogee Nation (Creek) also said it did not agree with the proposal. The agreement specifies that the civil court would remain largely unchanged. First, on behalf of the Muscogee Nation`s Seminole Nation of Oklahoma (Creek), I commend the McGirt Supreme Court`s decision in Oklahoma, which upholds the original reservation limits of the five tribes. However, the semi-Christian nation has not officially approved the agreement in principle announced by the other four tribes. To be clear, the Seminole Nation was not involved in discussions on proposed legislation between the other four tribes and the state of Oklahoma.
In addition, the Seminole Nation has not had such discussions with the State of Oklahoma, including the Attorney General, to develop a framework for clarifying the respective jurisdictions and to ensure cooperation between tribal, national and federal authorities with respect to the administration of justice in the countries of the semi-national nation. Tribal leaders and heads of state had already worked before last week`s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on an agreement that had never been denounced to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Stephen Greetham, senior advisor to the Chickasaw Nation, said negotiators were working to balance the state`s authority before McGirt`s decision with the authority the tribes obtained through the decision. ”Our goal is to transpose these principles into an appropriate federal law in order to improve and clarify national and tribal jurisdiction, both criminal and civil, without restricting the jurisdiction or immunity of the state or nation at the end of life,” the bilateral agreement states. The tribes are the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole Indians in Oklahoma. ”While there are many other details to be created in the near future, we believe this civil and criminal jurisdictional agreement is the best way to protect the public and promote continued economic growth in Oklahoma,” said Attorney General Hunter. ”My commitment to our tribal partners is to work together to find common ground on the issues highlighted by this case. The tribal nations of Oklahoma are a fundamental part of Oklahoma`s culture, economy, politics and governance. The relationship between the tribes and my office is based on trust and mutual respect. And this synergism was essential to the successful formation of this important agreement. The nation will continue to follow all appropriate intergovernmental agreements to ensure public safety within its borders, as intergovernmental agreements are a hallmark of respect for sovereigns.