Over 31,000 elders applied for Respond, Recover and Rebuild Elder Assistance. A $400 check will be mailed to elders directly, starting this week. For those elders in the reservation, a $1,200 payment will be made soon directly to utility companies. Questions: elders@cherokee.org

Office of the Attorney General

Legal Status of the Cherokee Nation Reservation

The information contained here is for Cherokee citizens, the general public, as well as attorneys and courts. The Office of the Attorney General receives multiple daily inquiries about the effect of the United States Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma on the Cherokee Nation, and our position is clear: the Cherokee Nation Reservation continues to exists today as it has since it was created by the “patents of 1838 and 1846 diminished only by the Treaty of July 19, 1866 and the Act of March 3, 1893.” Cherokee Nation Constitution, Art. II.

The information below will help answers some of the most common questions.


Contact Information

For Legal and Law Enforcement Professionals that need enrollment or location confirmation, please contact:

Other Information

Our office cannot provide legal advice to individuals seeking to overturn criminal convictions.


  • Hogner Amicus Brief
    Brief filed by CN regarding criminal jurisdiction within the Cherokee Nation.
  • Hogner Appendix to Hogner Amicus Brief
    Attachments to the Hogner Amicus Brief
  • ICWA Agreement
    Intergovernmental Agreement between the State of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation regarding jurisdiction over Indian children within the Nation’s Reservation.
  • Indian Country Criminal Jurisdiction Chart
    Jurisdiction for Crimes committed in Indian Country
  • McGirt Decision
    July 9, 2020 Supreme Court Ruling on Creek Nation Criminal Jurisdiction