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Cherokee Nation

Following arguments today at the United States Supreme Court in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. issued the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court arguments reaffirmed what tribes have said all along: the state of Oklahoma has neither the facts nor the law on its side. The Justices heard clear arguments that explain how the state’s demand to undermine tribal sovereignty is inconsistent with legal precedent, the intent of Congress, and the basics of Indian law.”

“Congress has been clear on the limits of state jurisdiction on our reservations, and Governor Stitt’s anti-tribal views don’t change those facts. While tribes have worked closely with our partners to meet our public safety responsibilities and provide a blanket of protection to everyone on our reservation, it’s unfortunate that the state has wasted time and resources attacking our rights and sovereignty. We hope that the Justices rule on the side of collaboration and the law, and that the governor finally chooses to join us in meeting our shared public safety goals.”

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Pictured: Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, April 27, during oral arguments in the Oklahoma v. Castro Huerta case.

Pictured: Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, April 27, during oral arguments in the Oklahoma v. Castro Huerta case.

About Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 400,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and is the largest tribal nation in the United States.

To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org.

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