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Supreme Court Grants Attorney General O'Connor's Request to Take Another Look at State's Jurisdiction

OKLAHOMA CITY - "I appreciate the Supreme Court's decision to review our petition to confirm that the State has the authority to prosecute non-Indians who commit crimes against Indians in Indian country.

"This is a step forward for the State of Oklahoma and is of paramount importance, given that the overwhelming majority of people who live in eastern Oklahoma are not of Indian heritage.

"Narrowing the scope of this case will not alleviate all of McGirt's harmful consequences in our State, but it would ensure that non-Indians who victimize Indians can be prosecuted under the same rules as perpetrators who victimize non-Indians. More importantly, it will guarantee Indian victims the same protection and justice that all other Oklahomans enjoy," said Attorney General John O'Connor.