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These 2 Minutes Of Lego People Frozen In Motion Drilled Right Into My Heart. And Struck Anger, Too.

Remember your favorite toy from childhood? If it was something that adults use too — like a bulldozer, for example — you might associate the good memories of your toy when you see the real thing. Some people use that kind of feeling to make something not-so-good seem much nicer in your mind. That's called the halo effect. If kids today grow up with the same fond memories we all have — but for an oil company — does that seem right to you?

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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