Understanding McGirt v. Oklahoma: Tribal Sovereignty and Federal Courts

March 17th, 2021 | 2:00-3:15 PM CT | 3:00-4:15 PM ET

In McGirt v. Oklahoma, the US Supreme Court heard arguments about Oklahoma’s jurisdiction over a crime committed on formerly disputed Indian Country land and affirmed the reservation boundaries of the Muscogee Creek Nation. This expert panel will discuss this historic decision and explore its implications for tribal sovereignty and federal court practice.

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center presents our STAR (Small, Tribal, and Rural) Justice Series. This series seeks to highlight an array of distinctive criminal justice issues affecting small, tribal, and rural areas across the United States.



Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher

Director, Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law


Julia OConnell
Federal Public Defender, Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma


Pamela Metzger
Director, Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center, SMU Dedman School of Law


Philip H. Tinker

Attorney at Law, Kanji & Katzen, PLLC, Member of the Osage Nation