Where did the Supreme Court get this power?
How is it possible that we have 9 unelected judges who have the ability to legally hand over half of an entire state to a foreign nation? Where is the democracy? Why are we not having a referendum on this? Why are the people of Oklahoma not given any say here?
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the eastern half of Oklahoma can be considered Native American territory, a decision the state warned could create “civil, criminal and regulatory turmoil.”
The 5-4 decision was written by Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and joined by the court’s four liberal justices. The justices considered the issue for the second time after failing to decide a different case last year, when Gorsuch was recused and the court likely deadlocked.
The case concerned an appeal from Jimcy McGirt, a Native American, who claimed his state rape conviction from 1997 should be overturned because Oklahoma lacked jurisdiction. Congress, his lawyer Ian Gershengorn said, never properly terminated the reservation.
During oral arguments in May, the justices reached back to 1907 to determine whether Congress, using imprecise language, failed to disestablish the 1866 boundaries of the reservation. If so, virtually half of Oklahoma – home to 1.8 million residents and including Tulsa, where President Donald Trump recently held a controversial campaign rally amid a global pandemic – would remain subject to federal criminal laws.
“We do not pretend to foretell the future, and we proceed well aware of the potential for cost and conflict around jurisdictional boundaries, especially ones that have gone unappreciated for so long,” Gorsuch wrote. “But it is unclear why pessimism should rule the day. With the passage of time, Oklahoma and its Tribes have proven they can work successfully together as partners.”
“The federal government promised the (Muscogee Creek Nation) a reservation in perpetuity,” Gorsuch wrote, adding that while Congress has “diminished” the sanctuary over time, lawmakers had “never withdrawn the promised reservation.”
“As a result, many of the arguments before us today follow a sadly familiar pattern. Yes, promises were made, but the price of keeping them has become too great, so now we should just cast a blind eye. We reject that thinking.”
Chief Justice John Roberts, in a dissenting opinion, said that Congress made no attempt to conceal its intention to “disestablish” reservation lands.
“The court suggests that Congress sought to ‘tiptoe to the edge of disestablishment,’” Roberts wrote. “Quite the opposite. Through an open and concerted effort, Congress did what it set out to do: transform a reservation into a state.”
The state’s solicitor general, Mithun Mansinghani, had warned in May that a ruling for Native Americans could require the release of more than 1,700 inmates. That didn’t sit well with several justices who feared a chaotic overhaul of long-decided criminal cases.
“What makes this case hard is that there have been hundreds, hundreds of prosecutions, some very heinous offenses of the state law. On your view, they would all become undone,” Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Gershengorn.
“Won’t (residents) be surprised to learn that they are living on a reservation and that they are now subject to laws imposed by a body that is not accountable to them in any way?” Associate Justice Samuel Alito asked.
In last year’s case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled the state lacked jurisdiction to prosecute a gruesome murder because it happened within 3 million acres belonging to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The ruling threatened more than 19 million acres in eastern Oklahoma once inhabited by five Native American tribes.
Within hours of Thursday’s ruling, the state and five Native American nations released a statement promising cooperation.
“The nations and the state are committed to implementing a framework of shared jurisdiction that will preserve sovereign interests and rights to self-government while affirming jurisdictional understandings, procedures, laws, and regulations that support public safety, our economy, and private property rights,” they said. “We will continue our work, confident that we can accomplish more together than any of us could alone.”
The American system was set up under the belief that America would remain a moral, Christian country. It isn’t that any more. A country this corrupt and decadent cannot be ruled by a system designed for a free and good people. The only way this mess could be held together would be through a brutal dictatorship.
I don’t really even understand what exactly it means that half of Oklahoma is now under the rule of an Indian tribe. If this is actually enforced, the ramifications for the people living there are too big to even comprehend right now.
What are they going to do to the people that live there? The same as usual? Their custom?
Notice that it was Roberts who sided with truth and justice on this one. They are passing it off between each other, to make it look like there is some form of impartiality. In actual reality, the Supreme Court is now involved actively and aggressively in the conspiracy to destroy America, and if Joe Biden wins, they are going to go all in, heavily, and support any devious Jew agenda that gets lain before them.