Oklahoma appoints counsel for Native American affairs

The move follows the McGirt v. Oklahoma case.
The move follows the McGirt v. Oklahoma case.

Oklahoma City attorney Ryan Leonard will work closely with Gov. Kevin Stitt.

US.- Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt has appointed Oklahoma City attorney Ryan Leonard as special counsel for Native American affairs in the state.

Leonard will work with Gov. Stitt on issues concerning the US Supreme Court’s recent decision on the McGirt v. Oklahoma case, which decided that much of eastern Oklahoma will remain a Native American reservation.

Gov. Stitt said: “The recent McGirt decision creates uncertainty and raises previously uncontemplated jurisdictional issues for the State of Oklahoma.

“Ryan Leonard is an experienced legal advocate and will be an important part of our team as we work collaboratively with our federal, tribal and state partners to provide an environment of fairness, clarity and unity for all Oklahomans.”