The Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma
Exercising jurisdiction since May 9, 2015.
The Choctaw Nation spans 11 counties in Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation has a total of 223,279 registered members, 84,670 of whom live in Oklahoma. The Tribal area tracked by the U.S. Census has a population of approximately 231,000. The population of that area is 21 percent Indian and 79 percent non-Indian.
Choctaw Nation maintains both a Constitutional Court, and a Court of General Jurisdiction, which includes both an Appellate and District Court. Domestic Violence cases are heard in the District Courts which incorporate traditional values into the system to provide more tailored solutions to their cases. The Tribe’s Children and Family Services Department provides Domestic Violence Support.
The Choctaw 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.
2011 Oklahoma Indian Nations Pocket Pictorial Directory, Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission, http://www.digitalprairie.ok.gov/cdm/ref/collection/stgovpub/id/5215 (last visited Dec. 13, 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 “Choctaw OTSA, OK”).
About Tribal Court, The Choctaw Nation, https://www.choctawnation.com/government/tribal-court/about-tribal-court (last visited Dec. 12, 2017).
Domestic Violence, The Choctaw Nation, https://www.choctawnation.com/tribal-services/member-services/domestic-violence (last visited Dec. 12, 2017).