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.
“The McGirt Supreme Court decision upholding the Muscogee reservation is one of the most important legal victories for tribal sovereignty in this century. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. Miller and Ethridge provide the long history and important legal context for readers to understand how we got here: that on the far end of the Trail of Tears a promise was kept.”—Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee Nation), journalist and host of This Land podcast
“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
“A Promise Kept is a must-have for those seeking to understand the full history and legal complexities of Oklahoma and the thirty-nine Indigenous Nations therein, as told from the experiences of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.”—Stacy Leeds (Cherokee Nation), co-author of Mastering American Indian Law, 2nd edition