Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $652,497)
The United States Supreme Court’s Decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma was a historic victory for tribes in Oklahoma. However, along with recognition of reservation boundaries has come a major change in criminal jurisdiction- the tribes of Northeast Oklahoma must now, in conjunction with the US Attorney’s Office for Northern Oklahoma, prosecute crimes committed by Native Americans on their reservations themselves. To support the tribes in this expansion of their sovereign authority and to ensure prosecution of all serious crimes in the area, a consortium consisting of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Wyandotte Nation, Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, and Seneca-Cayuga Nation apply for funding to hire, train, and implement a Special Assistant United States Attorney, who will federally prosecute serious crimes committed by Indians on the reservations of the six Consortium members. Combined, the six reservations make up over 200,000 contiguous acres of Indian Country containing over 12,000 Native Americans.