John Dunn
Tulsa -

Mannford - 918.865.8030


Some have described me as “unwavering” when it comes to principles. Others say that I exhibit the trait of "loyalty to a fault" or that I am "utterly relentless” when pursuing an objective. As your attorney, I promise to be a loyal advocate and to be unwavering in the pursuit of your goals. I am a zealous advocate that does not shy away from conflict and litigation. I believe that the strongest weapon that an attorney can have is knowledge of his case. I will aggressively prepare your case for litigation while attempting to resolve the issues on favorable terms - a kind of "peace through strength" approach to the practice of law.

Home Indian Law Overview Jurisdiction Tribal Court Current Litigation Links Contact


Subject matter jurisdiction is a critical part of any case.  This is something that allows a Court to hear a case and exercise authority over the parties.  This is a defense that can be raised at any time and it cannot be waived. 


Under federal law, a person who is an Indian that commits a crime in Indian Country can not be prosecuted in state court.  Depending on the crime, they would either be in federal court or in tribal court.  If the defendant is a non-Indian but the victim is an Indian and the crime occurs in Indian Country, the offender will be in federal court. 


Indian Country is an area that by treaty has been established as a reservation for an Indian tribe.  The character of the reservation does not change based upon how the land is owned.  (Imagine if the State of Oklahoma could be shrunk because the government sold land to a private person.  In the same was, an Indian Reservation is not diminished by selling land to non-Indians.)