May 26, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Mountain Time

ACS Arizona: McGirt: Where Do We Go From Here?

The Supreme Court's landmark decision last year in McGirt v. Oklahoma was a tremendous victory for Indian tribes, affirming that Congressional promises to Native Americans still carry the weight of law and holding that 19 million acres of land comprising virtually all of Eastern Oklahoma remains Native land. The McGirt decision however carries the collateral consequence of subjecting far more Indian persons to federal criminal jurisdiction, including potentially the federal death penalty, notwithstanding tribes' historical opposition to the practice. Join us for a discussion of the implication of McGirt for tribal courts and federal criminal law.


Hon. Stacy Leeds (Cherokee Nation), Foundation Professor of Law and Leadership; Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Former Justice of the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court

Hon. Robert Miller (Eastern Shawnee), Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Interim Chief Justice for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Court of Appeals

Kathleen Bowman (Navajo Nation), Navajo Public Defender and Anti-death penalty activist


Jami Johnson (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Assistant Federal Public Defender; Member, ACS Phoenix Chapter Board of Directors