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Indigenous leaders on Wednesday condemned a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows authorities in Oklahoma and other states to prosecute certain crimes on sovereign tribal land, a narrowing of a landmark 2020 decision affirming Native treaty rights.
"The right and power of tribes to rule themselves is being dismissed in favor of state power."
Writing for the majority in the 5-4 Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta decision—in which Neil Gorsuch joined the three liberal justices in dissent—Justice Brett Kavanaugh asserted that "the federal government and the state have concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed by non-Indians against Indians in Indian Country."
The ruling rolls back the court's 2020 McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling, which affirmed that nearly half of Oklahoma is actually Native American land and that Congress must honor an 1866 treaty between the U.S. government and the Muscogee Nation, one of the numerous tribes forcibly removed from the Southeast via the genocidal Trail of Tears in the 19th century.
The Muscogee Nation tweeted that the ruling "is an alarming step backward for justice on our reservation in cases where non-Native criminals commit crimes against Native people."
"It hands jurisdictional responsibility in these cases to the state, which during its long, pre-McGirt history of illegal jurisdiction on our reservation, routinely failed to deliver justice for Native victims," the tribe continued.
"This will have a ripple effect throughout Indian Country across the United States," Muscogee Nation added. "Public safety would be better served by expanding tribal authority to prosecute any crime committed by any offender within our reservation boundaries rather than empowering entities that have demonstrated a lack of commitment to public safety on Indian lands."
Stanford Law School assistant professor Elizabeth Hidalgo Reese, who is Nambe Pueblo, called Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling "horrifying and insulting to Indian people and tribes" and "an act of conquest."
"The right and power of tribes to rule themselves is being dismissed in favor of state power," she continued, blasting the "grotesque hypocrisy" in the high court's logic that tribes "can't prosecute most crimes [on] their own land without permission from Congress because it would be anti-democratic but states... can be trusted to prosecute people on tribal lands."
Gary Batton, chief of the Choctaw Nation, said he was "disappointed," but stressed that "this ruling does not affect the main holding of the McGirt decision, which affirmed tribal sovereignty and requires the United States to uphold its treaty obligations."
In his Castro-Huerta dissent, Gorsuch—a reliable vote for Indigenous treaty rights who authored the court's majority in McGirt—implored, "One can only hope the political branches and future courts will do their duty to honor this nation's promises even as we have failed today to do our own."
"Today's ruling is a clear victory for all four million Oklahomans and the rule of law," the governor tweeted. "The Supreme Court upheld that Indian Country is part of a state, not separate from it."
Hidalgo Reese warned "everyone who's been asking about Indian tribes being safe havens for abortion care" following the Supreme Court's recent reversal of Roe v. Wade and subsequent trigger bans in over a dozen states including Oklahoma that "SCOTUS just made sure they can't be in this Castro-Huerta opinion."
Mississippi House Speaker wants 12 year old rape victims of incest to give birth to their father's children
The Mississippi Republican Speaker of the House says there should be no exception to the state's ban on abortion now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the five-decade-old Roe v Wade ruling. Asked specifically about 12-year-old girls who are victims of incest, Speaker Philip Gunn repeatedly stated his "personal belief" is "life begins at conception."
“What about the case of a 12-year-old girl who was molested by her father or uncle?” an Associated Press reporter, Emily Wagster Pettus, asked the Speaker on Friday, as the Mississippi Free Press reports.
Mississippi's ban on abortion "does not include an exception for incest,” Gunn replied, as the Free Press' Ashton Pittman reports. “I don’t know that that will be changed.”
Asked if "the Legislature should revisit" that part of the law, the Speaker responded, “Personally, no. I do not.”
“I believe life begins at conception. Every life is valuable. And those are my personal beliefs,” Speaker Gunn insisted.
Another reporter pressed Gunn further.
“So that 12-year-old child molested by her family members should carry that pregnancy to term?” Daily Journal reporter Taylor Vance asked.
“That is my personal belief. I believe life begins at conception,” the Speaker repeated.
Gunn concluded by saying he did not want his remarks to overshadow the significance of the Supreme Court's nearly unprecedented decision, reversing a civil right. He said members of the Mississippi House of Representatives were "going to celebrate that today."
Watch the Speaker's remarks below or at this link.
Attorney George Conway on Thursday predicted that former President Donald Trump would try to defend himself against criminal charges using a tactic that had previously been employed by disgraced former NFL star O.J. Simpson.
During an appearance on CNN, Conway said Trump's strongest potential defense against criminal charges for illegally trying to obstruct Congress from certifying the 2020 election would be to argue he sincerely believed the election was stolen and he simply wanted a proper investigation.
That said, he didn't believe such a strategy would work given the recent testimony by former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson.
"You remember the O.J. Simpson case, not the first one, not the murder case, but the one he actually went to jail for nine years in Nevada state prison for which was an armed robbery case," he said. "He lured a memorabilia dealer into a hotel because he thought the guy had stolen his stuff... so he wanted to take it back and he took it back at gunpoint."
Conway then linked this directly to Trump.
"But it didn't matter that O.J. Simpson thought that the stuff belonged to him. no more than it matters that Donald Trump might have thought that the election was won by him," he explained. "He still used illegal means and intended to use illegal means to steal the stuff back, and that's the thing that's happening with Trump. What happened with Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony is that it showed that Donald Trump intended to use illegal means, force, to take back the presidency by marching with these people he knew couldn't cross through magnetometers because they were armed and he didn't care."
Watch the video below or at this link.
Trump is going to use an 'OJ Simpson' defense -- and it will fail: George Conway www.youtube.com