The Choctaw Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma said they would consider granting citizenship to the Freedmen.
Rock faces and boulders bearing figure carvings called petroglyphs were scratched or dabbed with paint, the United States Forest Service said.
The tribe’s Supreme Court excised language from its constitution that limited the citizenship rights of descendants of Black people who had been enslaved by the tribe before the Civil War.
Enslaved people were also driven west along the Trail of Tears. After a historic Supreme Court ruling, their descendants are fighting to be counted as tribal members.
Local prosecutors are referring criminal cases to the federal and tribal courts, which are now flooded with new cases.
And that’s a problem — especially for Native American women, and especially in rape cases.
From my elders, I learned that justice is sometimes seven generations away or more — and inevitable.
After decades of betrayals and broken treaties, the Supreme Court ruled that much of Oklahoma is their land, after all.
The 5-4 decision could reshape criminal justice in eastern Oklahoma by preventing state authorities from prosecuting Native Americans