WASHINGTON, Jan 21 - In a case involving a man convicted of child neglect, the US Supreme Court agreed on Friday to limit the scope of its own.
In a case involving a non-Native American man who was involved in a crime committed against a Native American child on the Cherokee Nation reservation, officials unanimously rejected his conviction.
About half of Oklahoma, based in the eastern part of the state, is Native American reservation land outside the jurisdiction of state authorities.
Oklahoma has agreed to continue reviewing Oklahoma's request to overturn the McGirt ruling.
Castro-Huerta was already indicted for the same offense by federal authorities, transferred from state to federal custody and pleaded guilty to one count of child neglect.
Castro-Huerta was sentenced to 35 years in prison for neglecting his 5-year-old stepdaughter who has cerebral palsy and is legally blind.
Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor, a Republican, is attempting to limit the scope of the Supreme Court's decision in 2020 that restricted state authorities' jurisdiction in hundreds of cases involving tribal crimes.
The Cherokee Nation has filed a lawsuit alleging that the McGirt judgment created chaos in its legal system. It has brought more than 2,000 criminal cases to its courts since the case was decided, according to the tribe's lawyers.
The Republican party has slammed the McGirt decision, which was made on a 5-4 vote, with conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joining four liberal justices in the majority. But since then, the court has moved forward, with conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020, leaving a 6-3 conservative majority.
In the United States, tribe members who commit crime on tribal land cannot be prosecuted in federal courts, but are instead subject to federal or tribal prosecution.
The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case in April and rule by the end of June.