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Justices limit 2020 ruling on tribal lands in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has ruled that Oklahoma can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is a Native American.

Wednesday’s 5-4 decision cut the Supreme Court’s ruling from 2020, saying a large portion of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation.

That first decision made it impossible for the state to prosecute Native Americans for crimes in tribal territories that include Tulsa, the second largest city in the state with a population of about 413,000.

But judges said Oklahoma can be entered when the victims are members of the tribe and are not the accused attacker.

Judge Neil Gorsuch disagreed. He was accompanied by three liberal judges of the court.

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