What started out as a child-molestation case ended with the Supreme Court ruling that much of eastern Oklahoma belongs to the people who there first: Native Americans.
The convicted child molester brought suit contending that because he was a member of the Creek Nation and the offense occurred on reservation land, the state of Oklahoma did not have jurisdiction. The state countered that because the treaties going back to the 1830s had been ignored in practice all along, and officially ignored since Oklahoma became a state in 1907, the reservation had no authority on its own land. The Supreme Court said otherwise.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently compromised her Christian faith. She issued her annual “Oilfield Prayer Day” proclamation that stated, “Christians are invited to thank God for the blessings” created by the industry and to “seek His wisdom and ask for protection.” It also declared that Christians believe oil and natural gas are “created by God.”
Bowing to pressure from non-believers, she revised her decree to invite people of all faiths to pray for the industry. Apparently the blessings of fossil fuels apply to all, regardless of their religious beliefs.
Oklahoma began last Labor Day weekend by tying the record set in 2011 for its strongest earthquake: 5.6 magnitude, centered fifty miles west of Tulsa. The state has recorded thousands of earthquakes during the past few years. In 2009 Oklahoma suffered nine quakes over 3.0, the strength than can be felt. In 2015, there were 907. So far this year, 400. The state’s official position is that the upsurge has nothing to do with the hydraulic fracturing – “fracking” – that has increased exponentially over that period.