CN officials attend Murphy case’s SCOTUS hearing

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/28/2018 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON— Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree and Assistant Attorney General Paiten Qualls attended the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Carpenter v. Murphy on Nov. 27.

“Arguments made during Tuesday’s hearing by both Murphy and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation were persuasive and reaffirmed the tribe’s sovereignty,” Hembree said. “If the U.S. Supreme Court follows precedent, it will determine that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation still exists in eastern Oklahoma and that Congress never disestablished the reservation.”

In the case, the MCN is asking the Supreme Court to uphold a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from 2017 that the MCN’s reservation was never formally disestablished.

The CN previously filed an amicus brief in the case, joining the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations in support of the MCN.

The state of Oklahoma is appealing the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion.

Hembree said if the MCN prevails, the CN looks forward to continuing to work with state and federal officials in making safety a priority.

The Supreme Court could decide the case by early 2019.

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