Tulsa Attorney BlogMcGirt: Where Are the Tribal/Reservation Boundaries?

McGirt Comes With Many Repercussions

Video Transcribed:  Where are the tribal boundaries? I’m Tulsa attorney, James Wirth, and we’re talking about McGirt and its repercussions. And one of those is obviously related to criminal law, in which cases the state lacked jurisdiction to prosecute due to McGirt v Oklahoma.

And we’ve got to show that either the defendant was native American or the victim was Native American and that it occurred in the tribal reservation. So what are the boundaries of the tribal reservations?

When this case first came out, that was somewhat difficult to determine because we’ve got the old maps from 1866 that show those lines. And then we’ve got current county maps that show our county lines and streets, but there wasn’t a lot that showed both. So you can kind of match them up because a lot of the streets and the landmarks did not exist when the tribal maps were made.

Well, now that has been updated on Google Maps. So you can actually get those pulled up. We have made some quick links to make it easy to find those on Google Maps. So that if you want to go and check the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, we’ve got a quick link where you can go to: wlo.me/cherokeenation.

Type that into your web browser. It’ll pull up Google Maps with those boundary lines, where you can zoom in to see exactly what, any particular place and whether it’s in tribal boundaries or not.

Similarly, for the Muscogee Creek nation, we have wlo.me/muscogeecreeknation. And for Seminole, wlo.me/seminolenation. Choctaw Nation, wlo.me/choctawnation. And Chickasaw Nation, wlo.me/chickasawnation.

We’ll have links to those provided below. If you’ve got questions about where an event relevant to one of your cases occurred, whether it was tribal or not, talk to an attorney about that. You can talk to somebody in my office by going to: makelaweasy.com.

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