Quapaw, OK (March 31, 2021) - The U.S. District Attorney’s Office held an informative training session hosted by Quapaw Nation yesterday, March 30th, 2021. The training session took place at the Ki-Ho-Ta Tribal Justice Center and had local law enforcement, employees from local tribes, court employees, Ottawa county officials, and tribal leadership in attendance.
McGirt - has been a case that has fascinated many Native Nations, as we begin to wonder how it may affect our own tribe. While the federal government works through the cases of the 'five civilized tribes', many smaller nations are looking to dig their heels in and prepare themselves for their own eventual stand on what could challenge state rights in dealing with Native Nations as a whole.
For now, McGirt only applies to Natives committing crime in Indian Country, but it could reach into state taxation and other areas as time goes on. A report was released by the OTC, (Oklahoma Tax Commission) which suggested that a Native citizen earning income from a Native Reservation, would not be subject to state income taxes. Where that leaves Quapaw Nation is up for debate.
As of now, Quapaw Nation and its reservation are not at the forefront of those questions, but it is also obvious that the day will come that Quapaw Nation will be.