A Promise Kept
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation and McGirt v. Oklahoma
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
For context, Robbie Ethridge traces the long history of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation from its inception in present-day Georgia and Alabama in the seventeenth century; through the tribe’s rise to regional prominence in the colonial era, the tumultuous years of Indian Removal, and the Civil War and allotment; and into its resurgence in Oklahoma in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Against this historical background, Robert J. Miller considers McGirt v. Oklahoma, examining important related cases, precedents that informed the Court’s decision, and future ramifications—legal, civil, regulatory, and practical—for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, federal Indian law, the United States, the state of Oklahoma, and Indian nations in Oklahoma and elsewhere. Their work clarifies the stakes of a decision that, while long overdue, raises numerous complex issues profoundly affecting federal, state, and tribal relations and law—and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
“A Promise Kept places the blockbuster 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision of McGirt v. Oklahoma into historical perspective and presents a thorough legal assessment of the court suit, its arguments, and its ramifications. The book will have wide appeal.”—Blue Clark, author of Indian Tribes of Oklahoma, A Guide
“McGirt v. Oklahoma will shape U.S.-tribal relations for decades to come, but this pivotal court case is often misunderstood and misrepresented. Here, two leading scholars in Native American history and law join forces to explore the origins and potential consequences of the decision. Authoritative and lucid, A Promise Kept is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of Indigenous politics in the United States.”—Claudio Saunt, author of Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory