Native American treaties never overruled by Congress still stand — SCOTUS

The Supreme Court said Thursday that a large swath of eastern Oklahoma, including Tulsa, is Native American land for purposes of federal criminal law in a decision that the state argued could call into question thousands of state prosecutions for serious crimes.

Justice Neil Gorsuch penned the 5-4 opinion joined by the liberals on the bench…

“Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law,” said Gorsuch, who was appointed by President Donald Trump. “Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word,” he said.

Under the law, crimes involving Native Americans on a reservation are under federal, not state, jurisdiction…

The unique case represented the opportunity for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the limits of tribal sovereignty and revisit the country’s horrific history of displacing native tribes from their land.

Justice for the white land grab of Native American lands is so long overdue, the court should probably hear from Methuselah.

UK Will Use Drones to Deliver Covid-19 Tests to Scotland’s Western Isles

The U.K. will use drones to deliver coronavirus testing kits to remote parts of Scotland, including islands off its west coast.

Drone delivery company Skyports Ltd., based in London, is working with the National Health Service to deliver the tests and other medical supplies from a hospital on the Argyll and Bute mainland, the U.K. Space Agency said on Friday in a statement…

The sector “is stepping up to provide innovative solutions to directly support our amazing NHS, as we continue our national effort tackling coronavirus,” Science Minister Amanda Solloway said in a statement.

The most important regulatory change which permits this venture into timely response has been removing the requirement for drones to always be visible line-of-sight by the operator. Someone finally noticed you can track drones on radar, I guess.