Statement from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief on Supreme Court Arguments in Oklahoma v. Castro Huerta

Apr 27, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Following arguments today at the United States Supreme Court in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. issued the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court arguments reaffirmed what tribes have said all along: the state of Oklahoma has neither the facts nor the law on its side. The Justices heard clear arguments that explain how the state’s demand to undermine tribal sovereignty is inconsistent with legal precedent, the intent of Congress, and the basics of Indian law.

“Congress has been clear on the limits of state jurisdiction on our reservations, and Governor Stitt’s anti-tribal views don’t change those facts. While tribes have worked closely with our partners to meet our public safety responsibilities and provide a blanket of protection to everyone on our reservation, it’s unfortunate that the state has wasted time and resources attacking our rights and sovereignty. We hope that the Justices rule on the side of collaboration and the law, and that the governor finally chooses to join us in meeting our shared public safety goals.”