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Press Release

Release Date: April 26, 2021
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

There has been considerable discussion recently about the effects of the McGirt ruling issued last summer by the U.S. Supreme Court, and given the historic significance for tribal governments and the State of Oklahoma, it is to be expected. Honest and productive dialogue naturally lead to a deeper understanding of the situation and a deeper respect for each other. With mutual respect, we can chart an effective path forward through a measured and cooperative evaluation of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

However, when facing change, there is sometimes a tendency to focus on challenges. Nevertheless, placing our focus on solutions is always more productive. As they say, “it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”

The Chickasaw Nation remains focused on solutions. Since the McGirt decision was applied to the Chickasaw Nation on March 11th, the Chickasaw Nation has filed more than 140 new criminal cases in Chickasaw Nation District Court. Police continue enforcing the law and prosecutors continue working to bring criminals to justice while most people see very little difference in their daily lives.

The Chickasaw Nation has always placed a high priority on public safety, law enforcement and equal justice for all. For years, we have worked closely in partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to effectively and safely serve residents of our area. Cross deputations and other agreements among federal, state and local partners support the efforts of all the brave men and women who maintain law and order in the 13 counties that make up the Chickasaw Nation.

We all live and work in diverse communities and what affects one of us tends to affect all of us. We have long believed what is good for the Chickasaw Nation is good for the state of Oklahoma and what is good for Oklahoma is good for the Chickasaw Nation.

That belief is symbolized by our shared commitment to maintaining law and order and ensuring public safety. We are dedicated to seeking justice for victims while securing the rights of the accused and ensuring punishment for criminals.

We are partners united in that commitment. Together, we have the tools we need to address the challenges of serving every individual who calls this area home. The most important thing we can do right now is work together as neighbors, friends and partners to protect our common interests and ensure that justice is served. United by a common mission, we have made tremendous progress.

Working together, we can continue protecting and serving our families, friends and neighbors.

By focusing on solutions together, we can shed light on the path to a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.