The Seminole Nation in Oklahoma
Exercising jurisdiction since July 6, 2015.
The Seminole Nation is located in south-central Oklahoma, approximately 45 miles east of Oklahoma City, and it includes most of Seminole County. The tribe owns 372 acres of federal trust land and approximately 53 acres of fee simple land. An additional 35,443 allotted acres supplement the tribal land base which is checker-boarded throughout Seminole County. The Seminole Nation has a total of 17,000 tribal citizens, 5,315 of whom live in Seminole County. The Tribal area tracked by the U.S. Census has a population of approximately 23,500. The population of that area is 25 percent Indian and 75 percent non-Indian.
The Seminole Nation reinstated judicial powers in October 2011, and is composed of a District Court and a Supreme Court. Seminole tribal government includes a Domestic Violence Department, which provides services to both Native and non-Indian victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or dating violence. These services include victim advocacy, housing assistance, crisis intervention, transitional living assistance, court advocacy assistance, referral assistance, and shelter placement assistance.
The Seminole Nation has not received grant funding from the program authorized in VAWA 2013 to support the exercise of SDVCJ.
See infra n.xxxifor a discussion of Murphy v. Royal’s potential impact on the tribe’s land base.
About the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, https://sno-nsn.gov/2012-07-13-05-53-47 (last visited Dec. 12, 2017).
2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates--DP05 Demographic and Housing Estimates, U.S. Census Bureau, https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_16_5YR_DP05 (follow “Add/Remove Geographies” hyperlink; then search “Seminole OTSA, OK”).
Tribal Courts, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, https://sno-nsn.gov/government/tribalcourts (last visited Dec. 12, 2017).
Domestic Violence, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, https://sno-nsn.gov/services/dv (last visited Dec. 12, 2017).