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HALF OF OKLAHOMA IS "INDIAN COUNTRY." WHAT IF ALL NATIVE TREATIES WERE UPHELD?

• https://theintercept.com by Alleen Brown

The Supreme Court decision was uncommon — Indigenous people have seen few victories so sweeping in the high court — but treaty violations like those that occurred in Oklahoma are not.

"The rule of thumb is every treaty's been broken," said Matthew Fletcher, director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University.

Going back to the original treaty texts would make broad swaths of the nation Native territory. That means Indigenous people would have a stronger voice on environmental enforcement, more of a say on fossil fuel infrastructure construction, be able to better control the fate of Native children removed from their parents' home, and less likely to be tried in local courts where district attorneys are elected using racist, tough-on-crime politics. Beyond control over the land itself, the treaties lay the groundwork for obligations requiring the federal government to provide adequate resources to support health care, safety, and education — which have never been fulfilled.


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