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 exist 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 answer some of the most common questions.


Municipal Agreements

Agreements allowing municipalities to retain, in the form of a donation, fees and fines for Cherokee Nation traffic tickets.

Contact Information

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Other Information

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

Legal Briefs


  • 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
  • Hooper FAQ
    FAQs on Hooper v. City of Tulsa
  • 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.
  • 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