Keith Harper Discusses Opportunities for Enhancing Tribal, State and Federal Collaboration Following McGirt Decision

Keith Harper (‘95), a member of the Cherokee Nation and Chair of the Native American practice at Jenner & Block, the law firm that argued McGirt v. Oklahoma, contributed a piece to The Oklahoman discussing the McGirt decision as a reaffirmation of tribal self-governance and the durability of treaties as well as a basis to enhance public safety while honoring tribal sovereignty (“Point of View: McGirt Is a Chance for Greater Tribal-State Cooperation,” July 30). “McGirt should be seen as a means to enhance tribe-state-federal cooperation. Because of the multiplicity of jurisdictions in Indian Country, ensuring safety and security requires cooperation. . . . McGirt is properly viewed as an invitation for governments to create a system that better protects all constituents. . . . We will fare better in a spirit of unity and recognizing that tribal leadership is focused on ensuring the best outcome for each tribal nation.”