US Supreme Court rules half of Oklahoma is Native American land

A representative of the Choctaw nation – one of the Five Tribes of Oklahoma central to the court ruling, who have welcomed the ruling The US Supreme Court has ruled about half of Oklahoma belongs to Native Americans, in a landmark case that also quashed a child rape conviction. The justices decided 5-4 that an eastern chunk of the state, including its second-biggest city, Tulsa, should be recognised as part of a reservation. Jimcy McGirt, who was convicted in 1997 of raping a girl, brought the case. He cited the…

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California may grant repatriation rights to unrecognised Native American tribes

A new state bill expands federal rights for Indigenous groups to reclaim human remains, burial objects and other sacred artefacts from institutions GABRIELLA ANGELETI   California assemblyman James Ramos, a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribes, introduced a new bill to expand repatriation rights for unrecognised Native Americans in the state Indigenous tribes in California who are not federally recognised will be granted rights to reclaim their ancestral objects from museums and institutions in the state if a pending repatriation law is approved as expected on 31 August. The bill—called AB-275 Native American…

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