Muscogee Nation proclaims Sovereignty Day on the anniversary of the McGirt decision | New
OKMULGEE – The Muscogee Nation (Creek) has declared July 9 âMuscogee Nation Sovereignty Dayâ. This date marks the first anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision, McGirt v. Oklahoma, confirming the sovereignty and territorial limits of the Muscogee Nation.
“Generations of Mvskokvlke (Muscogee) will always regard this historic day as a reminder of our remarkable past, our perseverance and survival, and our inherent right to exist as a sovereign nation that predates the United States and Oklahoma “, reads the proclamation that Senior Chief David W. Hill ratified on Friday.
The protected reserve, established in a treaty between the United States and the Muscogee Nation, encompasses much of eastern Oklahoma, including Tulsa. The parties formed this treaty coinciding with the forced displacement by the United States (later known as The Trail of Tears; 1834) of the Muscogee Nation and its citizens from their cultural homeland in Georgia and Alabama to the eastern Oklahoma.
âWe celebrate and hold sacred the sovereignty of the Muscogee Nation and our inherent authority to exercise jurisdiction within the boundaries of our reserve,â said Hill.
Following the United States Supreme Court ruling a year ago, the Muscogee Nation has taken steps to support its jurisdictional authority and efforts to work collaboratively with non-tribal entities towards security and of the economic prosperity of all the people of Oklahoma:
Â· Doubled the number of its cross-delegation agreements from law enforcement agencies to over 60, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Â· More than doubled the police on the ground.
Â· Strengthened its law enforcement budget in the first six months of the post-government period with an additional $ 7 million in tribal funds through special appropriations and additional legislation.
Â· Commissioning of a mobile control unit to serve as a collaborative headquarters in cases requiring reports from multiple agencies.
Strengthened its prosecutorial capacity through general actions, including an increase in the budget of one million dollars for the office of the Attorney General of the Muscogee Nation and the addition of five prosecutors, a criminal investigator, as well as additional legal assistants and clerks.
Â· Addition of District Court Judges to the Muscogee Nation Tribal Bench.
Â· Modification of the relevant and critical areas of the tribal code to be more compliant and uniform with the statutes of the state.
Â· Convened a commission of over 40 experts in law, taxation, lands and minerals, social services and law enforcement to work on the range of issues relevant to the US Supreme Court decision.
“The Muscogee Nation will continue to work in conjunction with federal and state law enforcement agencies to ensure that public safety is maintained within all territorial boundaries of the Muscogee Nation and that the rights and interests of all individuals to within our borders are respected and protected, âdeclares the proclamation of Sovereignty Day.
âWe will continue to explore all avenues available to work in good faith and in partnership towards a better Oklahoma,â said Hill. “It is the position of the Muscogee Nation that we are most effective when we work in partnership and avoid spending time and resources on an ongoing struggle for sovereignty that the highest court in the United States has clearly upheld. .
âWe will only realize our greatest potential when all sovereigns work together and collaboratively, and not by looking for ways to weaken our jurisdiction or revert to a broken system from the past,â Hill said.
About the Muscogee Nation (Creek)
Muscogee (Creek) Nation is an autonomous Native American tribe headquartered in Okmulgee. Its sovereign territory covers 4,867 square miles in 11 counties in Oklahoma. With 92,000 citizens of the Muscogee Nation, it is the fourth largest tribe in the United States. The Muscogee Nation government is made up of an executive branch, a legislative body, and a tribal judiciary. www.muscogeenation.com