Neil Gorsuch, folks:

"The federal government promised the Creek a reservation in perpetuity. Over time, Congress has diminished that reservation... [b]ut Congress has never withdrawn the promised reservation. As a result, many of the arguments before us today follow a sadly familiar pattern. Yes, promises were made, but the price of keeping them has become too great, so now we should just cast a blind eye. We reject that thinking."

@hypomodern Holy cats. The Trump taxes thing is getting all the ink at the moment, but Gorsuch’s decision in McGirt is an absolute live grenade.

@typingmonkey I think the Trump taxes thing is a trap--means less than it looks like it means--anyways :).

McGirt, here, OTOH, means a huge swath of Oklahoma (like: big chunks of Tulsa, for instance) is still technically a reservation!


@hypomodern Yeah, the taxes thing is just a shiny bauble for click-chasers to bat around until the next shiny thing comes along. But McGirt is a sprawling, many tentacled monster that could have enormous, lasting impact and potentially open up a whole new front on the culture wars.

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@hypomodern Also, you have the love the dissent's dog-ate-my-homework level argument about it being too inconvenient to Do Government. America's finest legal minds.


@hypomodern Finally, can you imagine what it's like in the OK red hat community at the moment? My god. The image is so sweet that I think I should go brush my teeth.

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