News Release

Supreme Court to reargue case involving private property rights

June 28, 2019  • Public Policy

The Supreme Court of the United States last week decided to reargue a case, the outcome of which has significant implications for the state of Oklahoma including farmers and ranchers.

Carpenter v. Murphy, which brings into question whether the historical territorial boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is an Indian reservation, was heard by the Supreme Court during its 2019 term after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017 ruled the reservation was not disestablished by Congress. The Supreme Court’s decision on the case could have considerable affects on private property rights in Oklahoma.

Concerned by the potential outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation, Mayes County Farm Bureau and Muskogee County Farm Bureau last year filed an amicus curiae brief in the case alongside the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, the State Chamber of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association and the Environmental Federation of Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau members are always concerned when private property rights are threatened,” OKFB President Rodd Moesel said after the court’s decision. “Although we are disappointed in the lack of a ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court in Carpenter v. Murphy, we believe this further emphasizes the significant impact the decision could have on Oklahoma and all of its residents. The deep implications of this case warrant careful consideration, and we appreciate the court’s diligence in ensuring they consider all  input to reach the appropriate decision.”

The Supreme Court again will hear arguments in the case in its term that begins in October.