Statement from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief on Supreme Court Denying Stay in Hooper vs. City of Tulsa 

Aug 4, 2023

Following the United States Supreme Court decision to deny application for stay in Hooper vs. City of Tulsa, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. issued the following statement:

“Today’s news from the U.S. Supreme Court affirms what we have said all along – the best way forward is through collaboration, not wasteful legal fights. The 10th’s circuit’s Hooper decision upheld tribal sovereignty and settled federal law – reaffirming that states and municipalities do not have criminal jurisdiction over Indians in Indian Country. Once again, we hope elected leaders throughout Oklahoma will join with tribes in meeting our shared public safety goals. I’m calling for collaboration, cooperation and an end to the attacks on tribal sovereignty.”