On July 9, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, holding that the reservation boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, as articulated in its treaties with the United States, remained intact. While the decision was a simple application of the rule of law, it rocked a century of jurisdictional encroachment.

The Native Nations Law and Policy Center, along with Co-Sponsor UCLA School of Law Critical Race Studies held a Zoom event on September 9, 2020. Moderated by Professor Angela R. Riley and joined by Ambassador Jonodev Chaudhuri, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Professor Sarah Deer, University of Kansas, and Dean Stacy Leeds, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas, this panel explored the decision and its legal reasoning, and importantly, what a post-McGirt future entails for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and all of Indian country.