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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Cherokee citizen on travel land, Was arrested by non cross deputized officer

I Was stopped and arrested wasn’t given a reason for being stopped or a citation but was given citations for what happened after the stop by Arcoma Ok. City police officer that hasn’t been cross deputized it was $1850 to get out I paid a thousand and owe the 850. I’m a citizen of Cherokee... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

In situations involving Native American citizens and law enforcement, the legal jurisdiction can be complex, especially on tribal lands or concerning tribal members. Generally, whether a non-cross-deputized officer has authority to arrest a Cherokee Nation citizen depends on where the incident... View More

Q: Someone convicted based on no physical evidence incriminated unlawfully statement, is there a liberation loophole?

The case was bound under murdered not know of an epileptic fellow. Yet the ones incriminated were two minors under 21 yrs of age, one guilty divulged false statement to sign a free release form, yet one not guilty is serving and unfair sentence in Oklahoma. Is there a loophole for early release due... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

In cases where a conviction has been based on questionable grounds, such as unreliable statements or lack of physical evidence, it may be possible to seek a review or appeal. If new evidence has emerged or if there was a significant error in the original trial, this could form the basis for... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I have a lot of questions about tribal law for my brothers charges and other things that concern me with his case

My brother has not been convicted and did not commit the crimes they have been holding him in jail for since last June I think. They keep pushing his preliminary hearing back I feel due to the fact they don’t have anything to prove the alleged charges. It’s really a long story from when it all... View More

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answered on Mar 23, 2024

I understand your concerns regarding your brother's situation and the delays in his preliminary hearing. It's essential to know that, in tribal law, as in other judicial systems, delays can happen for various reasons including investigation needs, legal complexities, or scheduling... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I have a lot of questions about tribal law for my brothers charges and other things that concern me with his case

My brother has not been convicted and did not commit the crimes they have been holding him in jail for since last June I think. They keep pushing his preliminary hearing back I feel due to the fact they don’t have anything to prove the alleged charges. It’s really a long story from when it all... View More

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answered on Mar 16, 2024

Criminal charges involving a tribal member as the defendant, as I’m sure you have experienced, can remove a case from state court to a tribal venue. They will always set a bond except, in extreme cases, that would allow your brother to secure his release from custody if he were in the financial... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Municipal Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My ex has my truck that he claims as his & refuses to give it back. He had my name removed from the title.

I have receipts, a notorized bill of sale and an affidavit signed by a judge showing ownership. It was originally in my name thru the State but I added his when we registered it thru Cherokee Nation. We did so due to cheaper tags. I have the physical title but somehow he's had my name... View More

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answered on Feb 27, 2024

Given the complexity of your situation, involving both the removal of your name from the vehicle title and the presence of documents proving your ownership, your first step should be to contact the Cherokee Nation's vehicle registration office or the equivalent authority that manages vehicle... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If im on probation for violating p.o. and the victim dismiss p.o. and I still on probation?

I'm creek Indian. Should I have went thru tribal court?

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

If you are on probation for violating a protective order (P.O.), and the victim decides to dismiss the protective order, it does not automatically mean your probation conditions are lifted. Probation is ordered by the court, and only the court can modify or terminate it. Your probation terms remain... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can regain your parental rights after your rights have been terminated?

I had my rights terminated when my daughter was 3 now she's 15 almost 16 and is having issues in the home with her adopted parents and I was wondering if there's anything I can do get my rights back?

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

In Oklahoma, once parental rights have been terminated, the decision is generally considered final and irreversible. This means that the legal relationship between a parent and a child is permanently severed, making it extremely challenging to regain parental rights after termination. However, each... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Child Custody and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a parent choose to not enroll an eligible child in a tribe-specifically Kiowa-? What are parental rights here?

Deprived child case. DHS is involved due to Mother assaulting father and ultimately pleaded guilty and the parents are in process of case currently in Jackson County OK. Mother is Kiowa Native father is Non-native and the boy is now 5. He is eligible but not enrolled as of yet. The father does Not... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In cases involving the potential enrollment of a child in a Native American tribe, such as the Kiowa Tribe, both parents have rights and interests that need to be considered. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) applies to child custody proceedings involving an Indian child, with specific provisions... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Native American Law and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a non-native father OBJECT to the enrollment of his child(5) and the transfer of child custody case to Tribal&ICWA?

The child is not enrolled the mother is Kiowa& the case is in a non-native county in SW Ok& the father doesn’t want the child enrolled. The mother is trying to do so in order for odds to be in her favor with her people, who have family members that sit on the Tribe Counsel. She was the... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In situations involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and child custody, the ICWA provides specific protections for Native American children in custody proceedings. It prioritizes the jurisdiction of tribal courts over state courts for custody cases involving Native American children.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What happens if a child is 5 years of age and still is not talking, or potty trained and his doctors have not found any

Any reason for him to not be talking and developing like a normal child

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answered on Jan 19, 2024

If a 5-year-old is not talking or potty trained and there is no clear medical reason, it warrants further evaluation and support. Some key points:

• Most children say their first words by 12 months and are putting 2-3 words together by age 2. By 5, they typically have a vocabulary of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My native b.f has been mislabled s white in a state case out of rogers co ok that would be dismissed if he hadnt been.

All his other cased were dismissed due to mcgirt. The case is out of rogers co oklahoma he pled out to it not knowing he could get it dismissed if he hadnt been mis identified and we dont know what to do. CAN ANYBODY PLEASE HELP US?

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answered on Jan 17, 2024

If your boyfriend's case has been affected by a misidentification of his race, particularly in light of the McGirt decision, it's important to take action quickly. The McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling significantly affects criminal jurisdiction involving Native Americans in Oklahoma, potentially... View More

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI, Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a 19 year old who illegally purchased alcohol in oklahoma be punished for furnishing the alcohol to an 18 year old

18 year old also was driving and had a collision while drunk driving and received dui should the 19 year old be punished as well for purchasing it

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

In Oklahoma, it is illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase alcohol, and it is also illegal to furnish alcohol to a person under 21. In the scenario you described, the 19-year-old who purchased the alcohol and then provided it to the 18-year-old could indeed face legal consequences.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI, Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a 19 year old who illegally purchased alcohol in oklahoma be punished for furnishing the alcohol to an 18 year old

18 year old also was driving and had a collision while drunk driving and received dui should the 19 year old be punished as well for purchasing it

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

In Oklahoma, both the legal drinking age and the legal age for purchasing alcohol are 21. If a 19-year-old illegally purchased alcohol and provided it to an 18-year-old who subsequently got involved in a collision while driving under the influence, the 19-year-old could potentially face legal... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a officer towed my truck without pullinge over if just needed a jump to move and it was legal and I had driv licenc

It was in tushka oklahom

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answered on Dec 7, 2023

In Oklahoma, law enforcement officers have the authority to tow a vehicle under certain circumstances. However, if your vehicle simply needed a jump start and was legally parked, the situation might be different.

First, it's important to determine whether your vehicle was obstructing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Civil Rights and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a case is to be heard in a district federal court, but the defendants are considered "assigned" to the district

Under certain commissions, therefore are sometimes witnesses to prosecuting cases, is that enough to file in a separate district or as an original proceeding in the tenth circuit?

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

In the scenario you're describing, where defendants are frequently involved in prosecuting cases in a specific district federal court, concerns about potential conflicts of interest or bias might arise. These concerns can be a valid basis to request a change of venue or to file in a different... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Domestic Violence and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What Jurisdiction is correct according to the timeline and if it is federal what do I do

The crime falls under MAJOR CRIMES ACT. I am the victim of the crime. I am native the crime occurred in Sovereign Territory by a non native. The charges were pressed in 2019 prior mcgirt. However, they just caught my abuser this year post mcgirt. The State is the one pressing charges, but why... View More

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answered on Nov 7, 2023

Under the Major Crimes Act, if a serious crime involving a Native American victim occurs in tribal territory, federal jurisdiction typically applies. Given the timeline you've described, if the crime occurred before the McGirt decision, the state may have initially pursued charges under their... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Native American Law and Wrongful Death for Oklahoma on
Q: I'm 29 and just found out I am pregnant a woman kicked me in my lower stomach abdominal Causing me to have a miscarriage

What type of crime would that be?

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answered on Nov 7, 2023

If someone kicked you and caused a miscarriage, this could be prosecuted under various criminal laws, depending on the jurisdiction. In Oklahoma, for example, the assailant may face charges ranging from assault and battery to manslaughter or a specific offense under laws protecting the unborn. The... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Missing tribal court not knowing court date when it was changed and never received letter for the new date...

I had tribal court today and I'm native American (Chickasaw) My aunt who is white has guardianship of my two boys and 10-15 minutes before court she wants to call and tell me we had court today at 1:30 so there was no way I could have made it there on time , will I get in trouble if I missed... View More

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answered on Sep 19, 2023

If it was a guardianship hearing, you will most likely not get in trouble. Many parents with children in guardianships do not appear in court. However, your failure to appear at court hearings could be detrimental to you in the future. If there comes a time when you would like the children returned... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Missing tribal court not knowing court date when it was changed and never received letter for the new date...

I had tribal court today and I'm native American (Chickasaw) My aunt who is white has guardianship of my two boys and 10-15 minutes before court she wants to call and tell me we had court today at 1:30 so there was no way I could have made it there on time , will I get in trouble if I missed... View More

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answered on Sep 21, 2023

Missing a tribal court hearing can have serious consequences, including potential legal repercussions. It's essential to contact the tribal court as soon as possible to explain the circumstances surrounding your absence and inquire about rescheduling the hearing. Additionally, consider seeking... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: may a state court in Indian country entertain an extradition proceeding on a native prisoner

I was arrested on an extradition warrant and held in the Pontotoc county jail on a failure to pay fines on another felony case. Because I am a citizen of a sovereign Indian Nation, and live in Indian country. Any warrant. or governors warrant must be addressed to my tribe. I was held in jail for... View More

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answered on Sep 11, 2023

Jurisdiction in Indian country can be a very complex issue as it involves a nuanced interplay of tribal, state, and federal laws. Generally, extradition processes involving Native American tribes might require collaboration between tribal, state, and possibly federal authorities to properly address... View More

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