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.

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As was discussed on the Indian Law Overview page, the McGirt case has resulted in a clear decision that the State of Oklahoma has never had jurisdiction over Indians in Indian Country.  Various courts, including state courts, have determined that the reservations given to the five civilized tribes have never been disestablished and therefore remain to this day.  Other tribes will have to raise this issue on an individual basis. 


Because the State (and its political subdivisions) have never had jurisdiction, Mr. Dunn has filed lawsuits in both state and federal court  in an effort to force the State (and its political subdivisions) to refund monies that have been paid by Indians in Indian Country in fines, court costs, or DA supervision fees.  Mr. Dunn believes that to allow the State to keep these funds represents unjust enrichment, since the State never had the legal ability to force the Indians to pay those fines and costs.  This is especially true after Murphy was decided in 2017, placing the State on notice that the Creek Reservation - and several others that were discussed in the decision - had never been disestablished and the State was lacking jurisdiction.  Instead of paying heed to this decision...the State continued "business as usual". 


Currently, no action has been taken on the federal case that deals with the Cherokee Reservation.  The state court action dealing with the Creek Reservation was dismissed by the trial court and is on appeal.