Choctaw Nation statement regarding ruling in Hooper case

Choctaw Nation
Randy Sachs

DURANT – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton issued the following statement regarding a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Hooper v. Tulsa.

“The court’s ruling today affirms what we already know: Under the McGirt decision, Indian people accused of crimes on reservations are subject to prosecution from the federal government or tribal courts, not states and cities,” he said. “We strongly believe in appropriate punishments for people who break the law, just as we believe it is important to maintain tribal sovereignty by respecting the U.S. Constitution and the laws passed by Congress.”

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