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Taking up the Supreme Court’s decision in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta (2022), the coda further illustrates and teases out the argument of The Politics of Kinship. This opinion speaks to the dialectical intertwining of race and scale in the reproduction of US jurisdictional mappings as well as both the importance and insufficiency of state recognition in the making of alternative political orders. If the state cannot be ignored, due to its concentration of power, it also cannot be the ethical horizon for envisioning formations of governance. Reading this decision alongside the opinion in McGirt v. Oklahoma (2019) and the historical and ongoing presence of Black geographies in Oklahoma highlights the complex layerings of multiple political orders, the importance of thinking in multivalent ways about collective placemaking among racialized groups, and the limits of state acknowledgment as a means of addressing those webs of governance and projects of self-determination.

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