David Hill: We can't stand with Mvskoke people if we are sitting down

The Court’s decision will not leave our lands lawless. Well before the Supreme Court ruling, we had countless intergovernmental agreements with the State of Oklahoma and local municipalities to ensure the safety and protection of anyone located within our borders The Court’s decision only affirms our right, as a Nation, to sit at the table of sovereigns.

Photo: Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill announced an Executive Order establishing the Mvskoke Reservation Protection Commission on July 29, 2020.

To that end, I have established the Mvskoke Reservation Protection Commission to conduct in-depth analysis of law enforcement and public safety, Indian child welfare and social services, government-to-government relationships and policy, judicial affairs, legal and regulatory matters, business and commerce and violence against Native women and murdered and missing Indigenous women. The commission will collaborate with other governmental entities including federal, tribal, state, county, and municipal authorities, to ensure criminal, civil adjudicatory and civil regulatory jurisdictional issues are addressed through mutual understanding and cooperation throughout eastern Oklahoma.

Whatever the motivation to undo the Supreme Court's opinion and disestablish our Reservation, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation will not sit down. Like my great-grandfather and Chitto Harjo, we will appeal to Congress to stand for the sovereignty of our Nation. Like those who came before us, we will defeat any legislation that seeks to erase us.

To the State of Oklahoma, the counties and municipalities, and the members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation, we stand ready to work with you. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is here to help create a better Oklahoma for everyone. A better Oklahoma does not require adherence to a legislative agenda that seeks to eliminate our sovereignty or our Reservation. The Supreme Court's affirmation is not a problem to fix, but rather an opportunity to flourish.

David Hill serves as Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

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