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 [b]ut Congress has never withdrawn the promised reservation.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."

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"If Congress wishes to withdraw its promises, it must say so. Unlawful acts, performed long enough and with sufficient vigor, are never enough to amend the law. To hold otherwise would be to elevate the most brazen and longstanding injustices over the law, both rewarding wrong and failing those in the right."

@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.

@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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