Office of the Attorney General

17675 S. Muskogee Ave. Tahlequah, OK 74464

Legal Status of the Cherokee Nation Reservation

The Office of the Attorney General represents the Cherokee Nation as a government. The OAG does not represent individual Cherokee citizens. The OAG cannot provide legal advice to individuals regarding dismissal of criminal charges; vacating criminal convictions; taxation; or any other criminal or civil implications of the McGirt decision. If you have questions about how the McGirt decision impacts you, you should consult an attorney, accountant, or other professional.

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

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Other Information

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


  • Hogner – Amicus Brief
    Craig County; CF-2015-263 - Amicus Brief filed on September 14, 2020
  • Hogner – Order on Remand
    Craig County; CF-2015-263 – Order on Remand filed on September 30, 2020.
  • Hogner – Proposed Findings of Facts & Conclusions of Law
    Craig County; CF-2015-263 - Proposed Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law filed on September 14, 2020.
  • 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.
  • Income Tax FAQs
    Frequently asked questions regarding income taxes and the McGirt decision.