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Professor McKay Publishes on Supreme Court Oklahoma Decision

Congratulations to Colorado College Assistant Professor Dwanna McKay (Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies), who published “Oklahoma is – and always has been – Native land” in The Conversation.

McKay, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation whose research focuses on social inequality and Indigenous identity, explains that the landmark July 9 decision applies only to criminal law and gives federal and tribal courts jurisdiction over felonies committed by tribal citizens within the Creek reservation, not the state of Oklahoma.

“Any shock that tribal nations have sovereignty over their own land reflects a serious misunderstanding of American history. For Oklahoma – indeed, all of North America – has always been, for lack of a better term, Indian Country,” she writes. “As both an educator and scholar, I work to correct the erasure of Indigenous histories through my research and teaching.” Read more here.

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