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June 1, 2021

Muscogee Nation official statement on Supreme Court decision in US vs. Cooley

The Muscogee Nation applauds the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today in United States vs. Cooley, to overturn the Ninth Circuit decision limiting tribal law enforcement authority. With the affirmation of our reservation status, now more than ever, it is imperative that Tribal Nations are empowered to exercise their sovereignty without limitations that impede tribal efforts to protect the public. To have the greatest impact on public safety for all who live and travel within our borders, our officers must not be restricted in performing their duties to protect and serve. This continues a welcome trend from the highest court in recognizing that the greatest benefit for prosperity in our lands is through adding resources and building capacity together. Further this demonstrates, as did the historic McGirt decision, that tribal sovereignty is not only a living and integral part of America’s story, but is a critical piece to a better future for this country.