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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.

Supreme Court Rules on Eastern Oklahoma Land : July 9, 2020
Supreme Court Rules on Eastern Oklahoma Land
Melissa Feinberg

On July 9, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McGirt v. Oklahoma that almost the entire eastern half of Oklahoma belongs to an Indian reservation. This landmark 5–4 ruling was based on the federal government’s promise made to the Creek Tribe in a series of treaties starting in 1832, which Congress to date had not overturned. It is unlikely that the opinion will have a sweeping impact because it addresses an issue of federal criminal law, not land ownership. As such, Oklahoma has only lost the power to enforce criminal laws against its Native American residents living in the eastern ...

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