OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – In an order list issued Monday, Jan 24, the United States Supreme Court has denied certiorari on over 30 cases filed by the State of Oklahoma seeking to overrule the McGirt decision.
As previously reported, Oklahoma had filed numerous petitions for certiorari seeking to have the Court to rehear the McGirt decision in the hopes that it would be overruled.
The denial of certiorari on so many cases indicates that the Supreme Court has no intention of rehearing or overruling McGirt at this time.
Principal Chief David Hill issued this statement on the denials,
“Today’s Supreme Court action should end the State of Oklahoma’s long, unfruitful campaign of litigation that has come at the cost of untold millions of taxpayer dollars and has diverted resources away from properly implementing the sovereignty ruling for the benefit of all who live and work in the Mvskoke Reservation,”
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s administration has pursued a policy of aggressive litigation against Tribes, beginning with his attempt to rewrite tribal gaming compacts, and most recently his dispute with Tribes on hunting and fishing licensing.
So far, all of Stitt’s efforts have been defeated in court.
Mvskoke Media will have ongoing coverage on this developing story.