Student Scholarship on McGirt and Aboriginal Title

Clare Blumenthal published “‘We Hold the Government to Its Word’: How McGirt v. Oklahoma Revives Aboriginal Title” in the Yale Law Journal.

Here is the abstract:

This Note analyzes for the first time how McGirt v. Oklahoma could revive aboriginal-title land claims against the United States and create an opening for Land Back litigation. It argues that McGirt directs lower courts to enforce aboriginal title’s congressional-intent requirement strictly and renews the relevance of an overlooked case from 2015, Pueblo of Jemez v. United States. In Pueblo of Jemez, the Tenth Circuit unknowingly demonstrated how insisting on clearer proof of congressional intent to extinguish title would implement McGirt’s holding and remove the jurisdictional bars—sovereign immunity and preclusion—that have prevented aboriginal-title litigation.

SCOTUSBlog Recap of Castro-Huerta Oral Argument

Here is “With historical promises in mind, justices weigh state criminal jurisdiction in Indian country.”

Previews of the case are here.

Background materials are here.

Preview of Tomorrow’s Argument in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta

Background materials on the case here.

SCOTUSBlog preview (by Fletcher): “In sequel to McGirt, justices will again review scope of state prosecutorial power in Indian country

Atlantic (by Rebecca Nagle and Allison Herrera): “Where Is Oklahoma Getting Its Numbers From in Its Supreme Court Case?

NonDoc: “SCOTUS to hear state’s McGirt challenge in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta

Boston Review (by Mary Kathryn Nagle and Emma Lower): “What Will It Take to End Violence Against Native Women?

Yes, Spirit is set to argue for the defense. . . .

Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta Background Materials

Supreme Court Merits Briefs:

Petitioner’s Brief

Respondent’s Brief

Reply

Merits Stage Amicus Briefs Supporting Petitioner:

Oklahoma DAs and Sheriffs Amicus Brief

Police Chiefs Amicus Brief

Industry Amicus Brief

States Amicus Brief Supporting Oklahoma

Tulsa Amicus Brief

Merits Stage Amicus Briefs Supporting Respondent:

United States Amicus Brief

Five Tribes Amicus Brief

NCAI Amicus Brief

Former US Attys Amicus Brief

Peace Commission Treaty Tribes Amicus Brief

NIWRC Amicus Brief

Scholars Amicus Brief

Cert stage materials in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta:

Petition.pdf

Oklahoma DAs Association Amicus Brief.pdf

Oklahoma Environmental Federation Amicus.PDF

Texas Amicus Brief.pdf

Tulsa Amicus Brief.pdf

Castro-Huerta BIO.pdf

Cherokee Nation Amicus Brief.pdf

Chickasaw and Choctaw Amicus.pdf

MCN Amicus Brief.pdf

Oklahoma Cert Reply.pdf

Lower court materials:

OCCA Opinion.pdf

Castro-Huerta Brief on Reservation Disestablishment.pdf

Cherokee Amicus Brief.pdf

State Brief on Concurrent Jurisdiction.pdf

Castro-Huerta Response Brief on Concurrent Jurisdiction.pdf

Oklahoma District Court Opinion.pdf

Castro-Huerta Petition in Error

Castro-Huerta Motion to Issue Mandate

OCCA Order Issuing Mandate

Also, the plea agreement in United States v. Castro-Huerta (N.D. Okla.):

Oklahoma Federal Court Holds Curtis Act Authorizes Municipalities to Prosecute Indians in Indian Country

Here are the materials in Hooper v. City of Tulsa (N.D. Okla.):

1 Complaint

1-1 Tulsa Municipal Court Order

6 Tulsa Motion to Dismiss

12 Response

13 Reply

22 Tulsa Supplemental Brief

23 Hooper Supplemental Brief

This must be a relief for Tulsa, currently in flames because of McGirt v. Oklahoma.

Bottom Side Briefs in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta

Here:

United States Amicus Brief

Five Tribes Amicus Brief

NCAI Amicus Brief

Former US Attys Amicus Brief

Peace Commission Treaty Tribes Amicus Brief

NIWRC Amicus Brief

Scholars Amicus Brief

Topside briefs here.