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MAP: Is Your City More Unequal Than A Developing Country?

With the gap between the rich and the poor in the United States reaching record levels, perhaps a little perspective is in order. Based on its Gini Coefficient (a measure of inequality where .00 is perfectly equal and 1.00 is most unequal), the United States (.450) currently enjoys a level of income inequality that puts it roughly in the same neighborhood as Iran (.445) and the Philippines (.457). So, which developing nation is your hometown closest to?  

This week, a Supreme Court ruling has acknowledged that, at least for the sake of federal criminal prosecutions, most of the eastern half of Oklahoma belongs to the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Tribe. The ruling enforces treaties made in the 19th century, despite objections from state and federal governments, and upholds the sovereignty of the Muscogee to prosecute crimes committed by tribe members within their own lands.

The U.S. government has a long and storied history of breaking treaties with Native American tribes, and Indigenous communities have suffered greatly because of those broken promises.

Stacy Leeds, a former Cherokee Nation Supreme Court justice and former special district court judge for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, described the ruling in an article on Slate:

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