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Oklahoma court adds tribe to those covered by McGirt ruling


October 22, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Quapaw Nation in Oklahoma is the sixth tribe included in those covered by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the state has no jurisdiction over crimes committed on tribal reservations by or against tribal citizens.

The dismissal of a charge of committing lewd or indecent acts with a child younger than 16 against Jeremy Lawhorn, 39, in Ottawa County was upheld Thursday by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

The court cited what is known as the McGirt decision, in which the Supreme Court found Congress never disestablished the Muscogee reservation.

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