US attorney experiencing ‘tidal wave’ of cases after ruling

Oklahoma

FILE – In this June 20, 2018, file photo, U.S. Attorney Trent Shores speaks at a news conference Tulsa, Okla. Federal prosecutors from as far away as New York and Florida are helping the U.S. attorney in Tulsa deal with what he describes as a “tidal wave” of new cases. U.S. Attorney Shores said Tuesday the increase in cases is a result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. That decision determined that a large swath of eastern Oklahoma remains a Muscogee (Creek) Nation Indian reservation.(Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP File)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors from as far away as New York and Florida are helping the U.S. attorney in Tulsa deal with what he describes as a “tidal wave” of new cases.

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said Tuesday the increase in cases is a result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

That decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma determined that a large swath of eastern Oklahoma remains a Muscogee (Creek) Nation Indian reservation.

As a result, either the federal government or the tribal nation has jurisdiction over crimes committed by or against Native Americans, not the state.

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