Crooked Media will launch of the narrative podcast This Land, a documentary-style show revolving around two seemingly unrelated Oklahoma murders that occurred over 150 years apart. Over the course of the eight-episodes, journalist and Cherokee Nation citizen Rebecca Nagle will take listeners through an in-depth look at a murder case once believed to be “open and shut” that prompted a high-stakes investigation into who legally owns half the land in Oklahoma.
This Land explores Native American rights and tribal sovereignty through Nagle’s lens as a Native woman and gives an insider’s look into the devastating impact of government land allotments on Native people. In addition to examining the history of land rights, ‘This Land’ will — in real time — explore the potential impact of the Carpenter v. Murphy case currently before the Supreme Court and as the final decision is handed down in June. Oral arguments for the case to determine the territorial boundaries of the Creek Nation within eastern Oklahoma began in November of 2018.
Listeners can follow along to find out what’s at stake, the Trump administration’s involvement, the larger right-wing attack on tribal sovereignty, and how one unique case could result in the largest restoration of tribal land in U.S. history.
“This Land is an incredible story that spans generations of my family and will delve deep into how one unique murder case could have a profound impact on the rights of five tribes in Oklahoma, including mine,” said Nagle. “With this groundbreaking podcast, Crooked is one of the only mainstream media outlets producing Native stories right now. I’m thrilled to collaborate with Crooked Media to share it with audiences.”