OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court Justice Kathleen R. Supernaw has been confirmed by the National Council to serve her third six-year term, ending in 2028.
Justice Supernaw was nominated by Principal Chief David Hill and confirmed during the February Regular Session.
“It has been my honor and pleasure to serve on the Muscogee Nation Supreme Court since 2010. I thank Chief Hill and the National Council for their vote of confidence. I will continue to do my best to perform the responsibilities and uphold the integrity of the Court for another term,” Supernaw said.
Justice Supernaw has retired from her private practice specializing in Indian Law where she provided legal services for several Oklahoma tribes and non-profit organizations.
Prior to her private practice, she worked in Washington, D.C., as a Department of the Interior senior staff expert in Indian affairs and trust reform advising the Deputy Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs, and other high level Departmental Officials.
Prior to her assignment to Washington, D.C., Justice Supernaw was a Trial Attorney at the Tulsa Field Solicitor’s Office, Department of the Interior.
Justice Supernaw was also an Acting Administrative Judge for the Board of Indian Appeals, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Department of the Interior.
Her past work history includes serving as General Counsel for the Principal Chief of the Osage Nation, Special Appellate Tribal Court Judge, and Associate Clinical Professor and faculty member of the University of Tulsa College of Law.
She also served as co-counsel with the Department of Justice in federal court and Departmental counsel in Interior’s administrative forums.
She has advised the Bureau of Indian Affairs on such legal matters as tribal ordinances and constitutions, gaming, P.L. 93-638 contracts and self-governance compacts, trust land acquisition and realty matters, Indian oil and gas matters, law enforcement, reassumption of contracts/compacts by the BIA, and financial and auditing matters.
Lastly, she examined property titles for the Department for proposed gaming and non-gaming trust acquisitions for Indian tribes and individuals.
Justice Supernaw’s third term will end on June 30, 2028 and will require nomination and confirmation of the National Council.
To view more about her, visit: www.mcnsupremecourt.com.