Bloomberg Law
Aug. 9, 2021, 7:25 PMUpdated: Aug. 9, 2021, 8:50 PM

Oklahoma Asks High Court to Nix Landmark Tribal-Land Ruling (1)

Jordan S. Rubin
Jordan S. Rubin

Oklahoma wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a landmark tribal-land ruling, in a bold request that tests the court’s stance on precedent following Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation.

The state’s petition, filed by Kannon Shanmugam of Paul Weiss, follows July 2020’s McGirt v. Oklahoma, the 5-4 ruling authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch and joined by the then-four Democratic appointees, including the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

With Barrett in Ginsburg’s place, the state is asking the court to reverse the ruling lauded by American Indian tribes as a long-overdue affirmation of their sovereignty after years of broken treaty-promises ...

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