Just as courts are working through jurisdictional boundaries for the other tribes in Oklahoma, a district court judge determined the Osage Nation reservation does not exist. The judge asserts Congress disestablished the Osage reservation. Lawyers for the tribe and the criminal defendant in question promise to take the issue to a federal appeals court. It’s part of the ongoing legal push-and-pull in Oklahoma over criminal jurisdiction that has far-reaching implications. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with Billy Keene (Osage), Osage Nation Congress member; Elizabeth Homer (Osage), attorney and associate justice on the Osage Nation Supreme Court; and Matthew Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians), law professor at the University of Michigan Law School and author of the “Turtle Talk” blog.
Tuesday on Native America Calling, as summer wanes, Andi Murphy welcomes the beginning of autumn with a look at some brand-new music from established Indigenous musicians and newer acts that get us excited like rapper Nataanii Means (Oglala Lakota, Diné and Omaha) with his new album “GROWTH”; singer-songwriter Wayne Garner (citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) with his new album “School for Savages”; and vocalist Nico Williams (Cherokee) and guitarist Kyle Williams (Ponca, Otoe, and Ioway) from Medicine Horse, who have dropped a few songs from their upcoming debut album.
The story of the Dust Bowl often focuses on the plight of European settlers whose agricultural promise descended into absolute ruin during decades of drought. But the nation’s most infamous climate disaster also precipitated the needless forced slaughter of masses of Native America livestock and subsequent land and water use policies to the detriment of many tribes. Wednesday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce reflects on the Dust Bowl’s legacy for Native Americans.
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