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Cherokee Principal Chief Responds to Governor's Request to Judge to Declare Casino Gaming Illegal

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt asked a federal judge late Wednesday to order tribal casinos across the state to stop offering most electronic and table games. In the court filing, attorneys for Stitt also asked the judge to declare the tribes’ operation of Class III electronic games illegal.

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3/31/2020

article Tribal governments battle coronavirus effects
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt isn’t the only head of a government in Oklahoma scrambling to bolster a health care system, rework a disintegrating budget and...
article Area casinos to stay closed
(Oklahoma) -- In response to the proclamations made by the state of Oklahoma on COVID-19, the Tonkawa Tribe has decided to continue the closures of Tonkawa Hotel &...
article Many area casinos to stay closed during April
(Oklahoma) -- Area casino’s announced today they will not be reopening the first week in April, as previously expected. Downstream Casino and Resort, as well as...

3/30/2020

article Gaming Compact Negotiations Continue Even Amid Oklahoma's Coronavirus Outbreak
(Oklahoma) -- Although casinos across the state remain closed, negotiations surrounding the gaming compacts are ongoing. Some tribes said they received a compromise...
article ‘Disingenuous’ Stitt proposal rejected by Oklahoma IGA
(Oklahoma) -- Matthew L. Morgan, Chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, has released a statement directed at Gov. Kevin Stitt regarding the recent ‘...

3/29/2020

article Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes battle coronavirus, much like state and federal government
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt isn't the only head of a government in Oklahoma scrambling to bolster a health care system, rework a disintegrating budget and provide...

3/28/2020

article Mediation deadline for gaming compacts pushed to May 31
(Oklahoma) -- In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the mediation deadline has been extended in the dispute between Oklahoma’s tribes, including the Cherokee...
article Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Argues Gov. Stitt Leveraging Pandemic in Casino Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- OIGA Chairman Matthew Morgan says tribal leaders who aren’t involved in the ongoing litigation and mediation process received a letter from Stitt...

3/27/2020

article Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gaming tribes outraged over letter from Gov. Stitt's attorney
(Oklahoma) -- A letter from an outside law firm representing Gov. Kevin Stitt has reignited a firestorm of controversy within Oklahoma's gaming tribes. The letter,...
article Tribal gaming group condemns compact offer made to some Oklahoma tribes
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma tribal gaming group said member nations have rejected what is being called an offer of compromise in a dispute over state-tribal gaming...
article Tribal gaming official rejects Oklahoma governor's offer
(Oklahoma) -- The state's top Native American gaming official rejected Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's latest casino gambling offer on Friday and accused the...

3/25/2020

article Native American Casino Owner Sues Lloyd’s, AIG Over Coronavirus Losses
(Oklahoma) -- A Native American tribe on Tuesday sued a group of insurance companies, asking a court to declare that losses it is incurring from shutting down its...

3/24/2020

article Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes sue insurance companies over business interruption coverage
(Oklahoma) -- The Chickasaw and Choctaw nations filed separate lawsuits against several insurance companies Tuesday seeking judicial rulings that financial losses to...
article Native American casino owner sues Lloyd's, AIG over coronavirus losses
(Oklahoma) -- A Native American tribe on Tuesday sued a group of insurance companies, asking a court to declare that losses it is incurring from shutting down its...

3/23/2020

article Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association: All tribal members have closed casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Officials with the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association confirmed on Monday that all of its tribal members have closed their casinos temporarily. Although...
article Oklahoma tribal gaming leaders confirm state’s entire casino market is closed
(Oklahoma) -- Officials with Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association said Monday that all of its tribal members have closed their casinos temporarily in an effort to stem the...

3/21/2020

article Lucky Eagle Casino Closes Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Will Pay Staff Through End of the Month
(Oklahoma) -- On Monday Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel CEO Lisa Miles announced the casino would be suspending operations effective Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. — a...
article Oklahoma Tribe Says Online State Lottery Violates Tribal Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- One of Oklahoma's tribes says an online state lottery game violates the gaming compacts between tribes and the state. The on-line second chance...

3/19/2020

article Tribe says state lottery game violates Oklahoma compacts
(Oklahoma) -- An online state lottery game violates the gaming compacts between Oklahoma and Native American tribes and should end the exclusivity fees tribes pay the...

3/18/2020

article Tribes shut down casinos to guard against COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- Several tribal nations in Oklahoma have suspended casino operations to guard against the spread of the COVID 19 virus. On Monday, the Muscogee (Creek)...
article Tribe claims state violated exclusivity agreement with lottery, gaming changes
(Oklahoma) -- The state’s expansion of the lottery and other forms of gaming violates the compacts tribes have with the state, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes...
article Wichita Tribe: State reneged on gaming agreement, jeopardizing education funding
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma state officials reneged on their agreement to provide tribes with substantial exclusivity to conduct gaming operations so tribes no longer have a...

3/17/2020

article Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Chickasaw, Cherokee nations announces temporary closure of their casinos
(Oklahoma) -- The Chickasaw and Cherokee nations are temporarily suspending operations at their Oklahoma casinos to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus,...
article Indian Casinos In Oklahoma Shut Down Amid Coronavirus Fears
(Oklahoma) -- Some of the biggest entertainment draws from North Texas are closing their doors as they heed to mass gathering restrictions during the coronavirus crisis...
article Tribes take actions to offset coronavirus concerns
(Oklahoma) -- After the Kiowa, Comanche and Fort Sill Apache (KCA Tribes) tribes issued a statement Tuesday morning that all tribal governments and businesses, including...
article Tribal gaming lawsuit: Judge pushes back deadlines, hearing date, citing pandemic
(Oklahoma) -- Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, a federal judge has extended a filing deadline by two months and indefinitely postponed a hearing in a lawsuit over the...

3/16/2020

article Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw nations close casinos to fight COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- All Cherokee and Creek nation casinos, including the massive Hard Rock and River Spirit properties, will close until the end of March to help prevent the...
article Chickasaw, Cherokee nations announces temporary closure of their casinos
(Oklahoma) -- The Chickasaw and Cherokee nations are temporarily suspending operations at their Oklahoma casinos to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus,...
article Chickasaw, Cherokee nations closing casinos
(Oklahoma) -- The Chickasaw Nation and Cherokee Nation announced Monday afternoon that they would temporarily close their casinos in Oklahoma. Other tribal casinos...
article Choctaw, Shreveport casinos join WinStar in suspending gambling operations
(Oklahoma) -- WinStar and Choctaw, two of the most popular gambling and entertainment destinations for North Texans, will temporarily close their Oklahoma casinos to...
article National Indian Gaming Commission announces their Oklahoma casinos will remain open
(Oklahoma) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) announced Monday that casinos will remain open. They stated they will remain open since there have been no...

3/14/2020

article Casinos also taking precautionary measures
(Oklahoma) -- Area casinos are taking precautionary measures to help avoid the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). While Ottawa County is home to 13 tribal casinos, all...
article Oklahoma's casinos remain open, but not all shows
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's Indian casinos remain open with heightened sanitary precautions, but some entertainers have announced they are postponing appearances amid...

3/11/2020

article Attorney General: Stitt cannot put tribal gaming money in escrow
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration cannot deposit state revenues from tribal gaming exclusivity fees in escrow pending the outcome of a federal...

3/10/2020

article Breaking Silence, AG Mike Hunter Weighs In On State's Gaming Dispute With Tribal Nations
(Oklahoma) -- In a new opinion, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter weighed in on the ongoing tribal gaming dispute for the first time since removing himself from...
article Oklahoma tribal gaming money cannot be put in escrow, attorney general says
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration cannot divert gambling revenue from tribal casinos into a trust while a legal dispute between the governor and the...
article Oklahoma's Attorney General advises tribal gaming fees cannot be set aside during the ongoing dispute over the State's Gaming Compacts.
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's Attorney General advises tribal gaming fees cannot be set aside during the ongoing dispute over the State's Gaming Compacts. In a recent...

3/9/2020

article Attorney General: Gov. Stitt cannot put tribal gaming money in escrow
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration cannot deposit state revenues from tribal gaming exclusivity fees in escrow pending the outcome of a federal lawsuit...
article OK AG: Gaming exclusivity fees can’t be put in escrow
(Oklahoma) -- Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson asked Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter his opinion as to whether Gov. Kevin Stitt could deposit state...
article Tribes continue to share gaming revenues in Oklahoma despite dispute with governor
(Oklahoma) -- Tribes in Oklahoma continue to share Class III gaming revenues with the state even though the Republican governor claims their agreements expired on...

3/7/2020

article State lawmakers wary of allowing commercial gaming into Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Some state lawmakers are leery of opening the state to commercial casino gaming. Gov. Kevin Stitt said previously he has been contacted by a commercial...

3/6/2020

article Indian Gaming Leader: 'Astonished, Offended' After Stitt Floats Commercial Casino Idea
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt turned up the heat in the ongoing dispute over the state’s tribal gaming agreements by doubling down on the idea to bring...

3/3/2020

article Busey: Recognizing Oklahoma’s power as Native America matters
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribes are essential and unique to the state’s future and economy. Their combined economic impact exceeds $13 billion and supports 96,000...
article Confusion surrounded new state brand
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly three weeks after Oklahoma’s new state brand was unveiled, tens of thousands of Oklahomans have made it known that they aren’t fans. On...

3/2/2020

article Governor's Minority Business Council to host event Thursday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Governor's Minority Business Council (GMBC) on Thursday will host its second Spark Event, a series of meet-and-greet events for minority...

2/29/2020

article Oklahoma governor's tribal fight raises ancestry questions
(Oklahoma) -- When Republican Kevin Stitt was elected Oklahoma governor in 2018, many Cherokee Nation members felt proud that one of their own had accomplished such a...

2/28/2020

article Gov. Stitt says nontribal casinos would mean more money for state
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday again raised the possibility of bringing nontribal casinos to the state, telling the Tulsa World, "Let me bring commercial...
article Pop culture: The Joint among two Oklahoma casinos contending for ACM award
(Oklahoma) -- Two Oklahoma casino venues are in the running for an ACM Award. The Academy of Country Music will hold its annual awards show Sunday, April 5. Among five...

2/27/2020

article Federal judge rejects requests by two tribes to join lawsuit against Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City federal judge has rejected requests by two tribes to join a tribal gaming lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt. It would be "neither...

2/26/2020

article Chief speaks passionately about issues facing tribes during Cherokee Nation Day at Capitol
(Oklahoma) -- There was a standing ovation at the Oklahoma Capitol on Wednesday for the state's largest Native American tribe as the Cherokee National principal...
article Commissioners consider supreme court appeal in casino gaming tax exemption case
(Oklahoma) -- A company with casino gaming equipment in Rogers County says they're exempt from ad valorem taxation because the games are used by a tribal business,...

2/25/2020

article Article suggests Stitt not legit CN citizen
(Oklahoma) -- A recent New York Times article suggested that Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s citizenship with the Cherokee Nation is under question, and that his...

2/24/2020

article Mediate This: Essentials for new Indian Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Multiple issues must be addressed in the mediation process a judge has advanced as a means to settle the need for new tribal gaming compacts in Oklahoma....

2/23/2020

article ICYMI: Gaming tribes seek to keep Kialegees, Keetoowahs out of compact lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- Five Oklahoma gaming tribes have asked a federal judge to reject requests by two other tribes to participate in their lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt. The...

2/22/2020

article Outlook 2020: Casinos play key role in economy
(Oklahoma) -- With three tribes’ flagship casinos in the immediate Tulsa metropolitan area, slot machines and blackjack continue to play a key role in the region...
article 'I don’t think he can spell sovereignty': Oklahoma governor faces fire in high-profile gaming dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders ripped Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) to shreds in a blockbuster story that raises significant doubts about the Cherokee ancestry of the...
article Two Oklahoma tribes face opposition in requests to participate in lawsuit over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- State budgets revenue from tribal gaming operations Five Oklahoma gaming tribes have asked a federal judge to reject requests by two other tribes to...

2/21/2020

article Native American Caucus in Oklahoma pushes for bills, allies
(Oklahoma) -- Native American lawmakers in Oklahoma are trying to gain support for measures on issues affecting their communities while the state and some tribes spar in...
article Two Oklahoma tribes face opposition in requests to participate in lawsuit over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Five Oklahoma gaming tribes have asked a federal judge to reject requests by two other tribes to participate in their lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt. The...

2/20/2020

article Legal opinion sought on state's handling of tribal gaming exclusivity fees
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has been asked for a legal opinion about whether the state can put tribal gaming exclusivity fees in escrow pending...
article Oklahoma Tribal Gaming: Where It Started, Where We Are Now, What The Future Holds
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma tribes are in a bitter dispute over a 15-year tribal gaming compact and how to interpret when it expired. The dispute is...
article Oklahoma's Native American Caucus focuses on bills, building partnerships amid gaming dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The Native American Caucus in Oklahoma’s House of Representatives has zeroed in on several notable bills this session while also pushing to create...

2/19/2020

article Oklahoma’s Tribes Unite Against a Common Foe: Their Cherokee Governor
(Oklahoma) -- When Kevin Stitt campaigned for governor of Oklahoma, he said his identity as a citizen of Cherokee Nation gave him “firsthand” knowledge of...
article National Congress of American Indians backs lawsuit against Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- While they litigate cases in federal courts concerning casino gaming, Oklahoma tribes are hearing voices of support from around the United States. Two...
article State budgets revenue from tribal gaming operations
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma state officials continue to include anticipated revenue from tribal gaming operations in state budgets, despite Gov. Kevin Stitt arguing in...

2/18/2020

article Mediator Selected and Five More Tribes Join Gaming Compact Lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- A mediator has been appointed in the gaming compact dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and what's now 11 Oklahoma tribes. Former U.S. District Judge Layn...
article More tribes join gaming compact lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- The question remains unresolved: Did the Oklahoma tribal gaming compacts expire on January 1, or did they automatically renew?After almost three months of...
article Tribes Claim Stitt Renewed Compact 'Unwittingly'
(Oklahoma) -- In a surprising legal development, four tribes say Governor Kevin Stitt accidentally renewed the tribal gaming compacts at the center of this bitter months...

2/17/2020

article Tribes claim Gov. Kevin Stitt unwittingly renewed tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt unwittingly triggered the automatic renewal of the state's tribal gaming compacts last December — at the same time he was...

2/16/2020

article Tribes claim Gov. Kevin Stitt unwittingly renewed tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt unwittingly triggered the automatic renewal of the state's tribal gaming compacts last December — at the same time he was...

2/15/2020

article Oklahoma ScissorTales: Judge seeks quick resolution of gaming dispute
(Oklahoma) -- If federal judge Timothy DeGiusti has his way, then the gaming dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma’s Indian tribes won’t drag on and...

2/14/2020

article Layn Phillps selected as mediator in gaming compact dispute between governor and tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Former U.S. District Judge Layn R. Phillips has been selected to serve as the mediator in a dispute between Oklahoma's gaming tribes and Gov. Kevin...

2/13/2020

article Tribes ask court to dismiss Stitt's claims that Class III gaming is now operating illegally
(Oklahoma) -- Gaming tribes involved in a legal dispute with Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday asked a federal court to dismiss his counter claims. The tribes on Dec. 31...
article $13 Million In Limbo While Stitt, Tribes Battle Over Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribes will pay the state an estimated $13 million dollars in Class III gaming money next Thursday. Since tribes believe the compacts auto-renewed...
article Gaming Compact dispute raises questions about education funding
(Oklahoma) -- As the gaming compact dispute continues in Oklahoma, having the money to properly fund education is a hot topic. David Carriger, Superintedent Quapaw...
article Intervening: Quapaw Nation seeks to join compacts dispute case
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Nation this week filed a motion seeking to intervene in the ongoing litigation in federal court requesting a determination that the Oklahoma...
article Quapaw Nation asked to join tribes at mediation over gambling compacts
(Oklahoma) -- After a federal judge Monday ordered Oklahoma’s governor and the five Native American tribes suing him into mediation in an effort to crack the...

2/12/2020

article Judge orders Stitt, tribes to mediate gambling compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge has ordered that Gov. Stitt and Native American tribes to mediate their dispute over the gambling compacts that give tribes the exclusive...
article Mediation ordered to solve Oklahoma governor and tribes' legal dispute over casino compact
(Oklahoma) -- Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti ordered Monday that Gov. Kevin Stitt and Native American tribes mediate their legal dispute over the casino...
article Quapaw tribe seeks to join gaming compact lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw Nation became the sixth tribe Wednesday to challenge Gov. Kevin Stitt’s stance on gaming compacts. The tribe filed a motion in Oklahoma...

2/11/2020

article Judge: Oklahoma, tribes mediate gambling compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge has ordered Gov. Kevin Stitt and Native American tribes to mediate their months-long dispute over the gambling compacts that give tribes...

2/10/2020

article Judge orders mediation between Stitt, tribes over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge on Monday ordered Gov. Kevin Stitt and the tribes involved in a legal dispute over gaming compacts to enter mediation. Chief Judge Timothy...
article Judge orders mediation in compact dispute between Gov. Stitt and Oklahoma's gaming tribes
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City federal judge has ordered mediation in a compact dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's gaming tribes. Stitt and the state...
article Judge orders tribes, governor into mediation over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- A federal court judge Monday ordered Oklahoma’s governor and the five Native American tribes suing him into mediation in an effort to crack the...

2/8/2020

article New group starts ad campaign challenging how much casinos are giving back to the state
(Oklahoma) -- The casino industry in Oklahoma is one of the biggest in the state. So large, Gov. Kevin Stitt wants a bigger piece of the cash pie. Now a new ad is out in...
article 4 Seniors: Recognizing gambling addiction in seniors
(Oklahoma) -- Many adults regard gambling as a fun recreation, but for many others, gambling has become a debilitating addiction. Gambling is on the rise among seniors...

2/7/2020

article Chickasaw chief: Tribal gaming dispute about compact renewal, not rates
(Oklahoma) -- A battle over gaming compacts between Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Native American tribes in that state centers on whether the agreements renew...
article CHIEF HOSKIN: Tribal-state collaboration makes us stronger
(Oklahoma) -- In my years of service to the Cherokee Nation, I have seen how powerful it can be when our tribal nation and the state of Oklahoma maintain a stable and...
article Choctaws tout tribe's economic clout
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw Nation is reminding Oklahomans about the economic impact they have on the Sooner State. At a meeting of state, county and local officials in...
article New Tribal Gaming Ads Spark Controversy
(Oklahoma) -- The governor and the tribes have been battling over whether 15-year gaming agreements, called compacts, expired Jan. 1 or automatically renew. That will be...
article Stitt asks for money to cover tribal gaming funds
(Oklahoma) -- The fight over Native American gaming continues. Gov. Kevin Stitt is now calling for state funds to be set aside in order to cover the state's...

2/6/2020

article New group's ad campaign says Oklahoma isn't getting a 'fair shake' from tribal casino industry
(Oklahoma) -- A recently formed organization will be airing advertisements starting on Friday saying Oklahoma is not getting a “fair shake” from tribal casinos. “...
article Ad campaign to challenge adequacy of contributions to state government by Oklahoma tribal casinos
(Oklahoma) -- A new organization is hitting the airwaves Friday with ads questioning whether casinos operated by Indian tribes are contributing their fair share to...

2/4/2020

article Gov. Stitt addresses gaming compact impasse during State of the State speech
(Oklahoma) -- In his Feb. 3, 20-plus minute State of the State speech in the chamber of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Gov. Kevin Stitt spoke briefly about the...
article Gov. Stitt Promises To Keep Education Funding Steady Amid Ongoing Gaming Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt told lawmakers in his State of the State address, he has a way to save education funding caught in the middle of the tribal gaming...
article Oklahoma governor: Casinos are an 'unjust enrichment to tribes'
(Oklahoma) -- The governor of Oklahoma continues his threats directed at tribal gaming. Pay the state more money or let for-profit, commercial casinos have a shot at the...
article Point of View: Tribes left with a risky wager in gaming dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Anyone who has seen a “United Oklahoma” ad on TV in recent months knows the state’s tribal friends have written a blank check to their advertising agency....
article Will state accept casino gaming fees amid federal lawsuit with tribes?
(Oklahoma) -- Every month, Oklahoma's tribes have to pay the state between 4% and 10% of what they make from casino-style gaming.Those fees are due by the 20th of...

2/3/2020

article A record 26 million Americans will wager estimated $6.8B on Super Bowl LIV
(Oklahoma) -- Approximately 3 million more American adults say they will wager on this year’s Super Bowl than last year, according to data released by the American...
article Stitt champions government changes in second State of the State address
(Oklahoma) -- In his second State of the State address, Gov. Kevin Stitt pledged to tackle government changes, saying bureaucracy is the greatest challenge facing the...
article Tribal leaders cool to governor's renewed contention that gaming compacts have expired
(Oklahoma) -- The sizeable contingent of Oklahoma’s tribal leadership attending Monday’s State of the State address sat in stony silence Monday as Gov. Kevin...
article Gov. Kevin Stitt should follow Ronald Reagan’s lead to reset the state's relationship with tribes: Justin Wood
(Oklahoma) -- Ronald Reagan is a hero to many Republicans. He led a political revolution to reshape the role of government in America. His efforts restored America...

2/2/2020

article More executive power on wish list for Oklahoma governor
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the CEO-turned-governor who broadly expanded executive powers in his first term last year, will ask the Legislature to extend...
article Oklahoma's tribes contribute greatly to small cities, towns, some local leaders say
(Oklahoma) -- As Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's tribes clash on how much gaming revenue should go to the state, tribal leaders have defended the status quo and...

1/31/2020

article Oklahoma Governor, Tribes Remain At Odds Over Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt submitted his answer last week to the federal complaint filed by three Native American tribes in Oklahoma. The governor’s response...
article Oklahoma Senate leader takes no stand on tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- While three of the state’s legislative leaders say the gaming compacts with the state automatically renewed, Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat isn’t so...

1/30/2020

article 'Caught in the middle': $130 million in education funding embroiled in tribal gaming clash
(Oklahoma) -- As Gov. Kevin Stitt faces a court battle with Oklahoma gaming tribes, about $130 million in education funds hang in the balance. The governor and tribal...
article Oklahoma House Speaker Sides With Tribes on Gaming Compact Renewal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribes have a powerful ally on their side in the argument with Gov. Kevin Stitt over whether gaming compacts expired at the end of 2019.
article Treatment for problem gambling improved, progress still needed
(Oklahoma) -- On a recent Saturday night at the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, thousands of people packed into the building to enjoy a concert and the bright,...

1/29/2020

article Republican leader agrees with tribes in gaming compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- A key Republican lawmaker is siding with tribes in an ongoing Class III gaming compact dispute in Oklahoma. State Rep. Charles McCall, the Speaker of the...
article Speaker McCall on tribal gaming: 'In my opinion, the compact has renewed for another 15 years'
(Oklahoma) -- House Speaker Charles McCall believes the state’s tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed Jan. 1, he said Tuesday. “In my opinion, the...
article Oklahoma Hotel, Lodging Association announces 2020 board
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association (OH&LA) announced its 2020 Board of Directors at its annual Lodging Summit in January at the River Spirit...

1/28/2020

article Oklahoma's tribal gaming compacts historically entangled with efforts to save horse racing
(Oklahoma) -- Did the state's compacts with Oklahoma gaming tribes expire on Jan. 1 or did they automatically renew? It sounds like a simple question that ought to...

1/27/2020

article Muscogee (Creek) Nation latest to join gaming lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation became the fifth Oklahoma Indian tribe to sue Gov. Kevin Stitt in the past month over gaming compacts with its filing Monday in...
article Sports Betting Likely Not a Big Deal if Stitt, Tribes Go for New Gaming Compact
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahomans still can’t legally bet on basketball, football and other events nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for sports...
article Feds Deny Comanches Have Case Against Chickasaw Casino (sub req)
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. government has asked an Oklahoma federal court to toss the Comanche Nation's challenge to a land acquisition for a Chickasaw Nation casino,...
article MORON ALERT: Kevin Stitt stands up for all Oklahomans, including the smaller tribes
(Oklahoma) -- When Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt called last summer for fresh negotiations over compacts that allow casino gaming in our state, leaders of the Big Tribes...
article 'My kids can grow up in this house': Habitat completes 1st home on Lennox Island
(Prince Edward Island) -- After several years of bouncing around between different homes, Kelly Sark finally has the keys to her very own house — a three-bedroom...

1/25/2020

article Citizen Potawatomi Nation asks to join gaming lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- Citizen Potawatomi Nation is seeking to join fellow Native American tribes in the fight against Gov. Kevin Stitt for exclusive Class III gaming rights....
article Five Tribes Inter-Tribal Council critical to Oklahoma tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is comprised of the governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole...
article ICYMI: Gov. Stitt asks federal court to shut down Oklahoma tribes' Class III casino gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt has asked a federal court to prevent the state’s American Indian tribes from operating Class III gaming in Oklahoma, saying it is...
article OP/ED: Compacts, companions, and coffee
(Oklahoma) -- Greetings from the state capitol! February 3rd is the first day of session. The House alone saw 1381 bills and resolutions filed, plus most of the bills...

1/24/2020

article Stitt Confident He'll Prevail in Gaming Lawsuit, But Tribes Say Future Talks May Not Involve Him
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt's response to three Oklahoma tribes' federal lawsuit to resolve their gaming compact dispute was meant to force the sides to the...
article Citizen Potawatomi join gaming lawsuit against Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- The Shawnee-based Citizen Potawatomi Nation asked a federal court Friday to allow the tribe to intervene in a lawsuit filed by three other Indian nations...
article LETTER: Stitt's move against tribes seems as much for himself than for the state
(Oklahoma) -- I am much concerned about Gov. Kevin Stitt's urgency to access money from tribal treasuries. I am neither a tribal member nor a gambler, but I see...

1/23/2020

article Oklahoma legislature to consider commercial gaming and other bills aimed at Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Several measures aimed directly at Indian Country are among the bills awaiting the Oklahoma legislature when it gavels in on Feb. 3. Altogether, more than...
article 'Hold to that mission': Stitt responds to gaming lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- Attorneys representing Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt filed their response today to a gaming lawsuit brought by the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations just...
article Cherokee Nation chief responds to Gov. Stitt's push for Class III gaming shutdown
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Stitt is standing firm that the casino gaming compact has expired and is pushing for a federal court to shut down Class III casino gaming. It's in...
article Gov. Stitt and tribal leaders verbally spar over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt and representatives of Oklahoma's gaming tribes resumed their war of words Thursday, with Stitt claiming a tribal lawsuit against the...
article Oklahoma governor asks judge to rule casino gambling illegal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt asked a federal judge late Wednesday to order tribal casinos across the state to stop offering most electronic and table games....
article Oklahoma governor raises the stakes in fight with tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt asked a federal judge late Wednesday to declare tribal casinos Class III electronic games illegal. The request by the...
article Stitt Asks Judge to Rule Casino Gambling Illegal in Response to Gaming Compact Lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt asked a federal judge late Wednesday to order tribal casinos across the state to stop offering most electronic and table games.
article Stitt confident state will prevail in legal dispute with tribes over gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday he is confident he will prevail in a lawsuit brought by the state’s three largest gaming tribes in a dispute about...
article Stitt counters tribes' lawsuit, hires new law firms
(Oklahoma) -- The fight over tribal casino gaming continues after Gov. Stitt asked federal judges to stop certain kinds of gambling until a new deal is made. Stitt says...
article Stitt files response to tribal suits on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- After the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw nations sued Gov. Kevin Stitt, asking a federal judge to determine whether the state gaming compact expired Jan.1...
article STITT: Opportunity continues to negotiate a win for all 4 million Oklahomans
(Oklahoma) -- When I came into office, I inherited letters from two Oklahoma tribes concerned that their Model Gaming Compact would expire on January 1, 2020. They...
article Cherokee Principal Chief Responds to Governor's Request to Judge to Declare Casino Gaming Illegal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt asked a federal judge late Wednesday to order tribal casinos across the state to stop offering most electronic and table games....
article COLUMN: Don't forget horses and farms when considering gaming legislation
(Oklahoma) -- A little more than six years ago, Virginia’s long and storied racing heritage looked to be over. Colonial Downs — the longtime home for horse...
article State Education Could Be Caught In The Middle Of Gaming Compact Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- State education funding could be caught in the middle of the governor and the tribes’ dispute over gaming. Gaming fees make up more than 5% of public...
article VIDEO: Cherokee Nation chief responds to Gov. Stitt's push for Class III gaming shutdown
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Stitt is standing firm that the casino gaming compact has expired and is pushing for a federal court to shut down Class III casino gaming. It's in...
article VIDEO: Gov. Stitt Files Response To Federal Gaming Suit
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Stitt is sticking to his guns on the dispute over the compacts, asking a federal court judge to rule Oklahoma’s Indian Tribes are acting...
article Chief Chat: Tribe renews hunting and fishing compact with state
(Oklahoma) -- On the last day of 2019, Cherokee Nation was able to secure an extension of our hunting and fishing compact with the state of Oklahoma. The compact...

1/22/2020

article Gov. Stitt asks federal court to shut down Oklahoma tribes' Class III casino gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt has asked a federal court to prevent the state’s American Indian tribes from operating Class III gaming in Oklahoma, saying it is...
article Governor files response to federal Indian gaming lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- "The office chose to shift resources towards hiring experienced local counsel to represent the governor in this legal dispute," the governor'...
article Oklahoma governor asks judge to rule casino gambling illegal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt asked a federal judge late Wednesday to order tribal casinos across the state to stop offering most electronic and table games....
article Another Showdown In Gaming Dispute On The Way After Payment Deadline
(Oklahoma) -- State officials say the tribes have paid the state for the final time in 2019, setting up yet another showdown in the fight over the state’s gaming...
article MORON ALERT: Compact Dispute Solution: End the Casino Monopoly
(Oklahoma) -- With Governor Stitt and Oklahoma’s tribes at loggerheads over the gaming compact, it’s a good time to reconsider the tribes’ gambling...

1/18/2020

article LETTER: Oklahoma didn't help tribes build the casino industry but now wants to profit
(Oklahoma) -- In accordance with a statewide vote in 2004, tribal governments and Oklahoma honorably forged gaming compacts covering a new business model accompanied by...

1/17/2020

article Schovanec: Court to interpret provisions of gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- On Dec. 31, the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations filed suit against the governor, asking a federal judge to determine whether Oklahoma tribes have...

1/16/2020

article HOSKIN, JR: Five Tribes Inter-Tribal Council critical to Oklahoma tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is comprised of the governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole...

1/15/2020

article FAQ: Oklahoma's Tribal Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- KOSU's Engagement Team has been reading and answering questions submitted to our recent survey on the tribal gaming compacts dispute. Below are answers...

1/14/2020

article Cherokee Chief Hoskin: Stitt “misleading” Oklahomans
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. fired back at comments made by Governor Kevin Stitt about the state's Indian gaming compact Tuesday....
article Oklahoma's gaming fight is about people’s lives
(Oklahoma) -- Meredith Good Voice was a card dealer for about a dozen years. She no longer works at a casino but she is worried about her former colleagues. "...
article Tribal leader says comparing Oklahoma casinos to Arkansas' is 'apples to bananas'
(Oklahoma) -- In making his case for extracting more gaming proceeds from the state's Indian tribes, Gov. Kevin Stitt has repeatedly made reference to Arkansas,...

1/12/2020

article 3 tribes sue governor over casino gambling
(Oklahoma) -- Three of the most powerful tribes in Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit against the state's governor on Dec. 31, asking the court to help resolve a...
article Flash Point team talks tribal gaming compacts with former State Treasurer
(Oklahoma) -- Each week, the Flash Point team tackles some of the biggest topics circulating in the Sooner State and beyond. This week, former Oklahoma State Treasurer,...
article Tribes to Gov Stitt: Check's in the Mail
(Oklahoma) -- At the quarterly meeting of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, officials with the...

1/11/2020

article Tribes sue Oklahoma governor to protect Class III gaming rights
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation are suing the Republican governor of Oklahoma as a gaming impasse enters the new year. The...

1/10/2020

article 'Misunderstanding' Or Bluff, Cherokee Chief Says About Gaming Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- In a new podcast interview, the leader of the Cherokee Nation said the fight over tribal gaming compacts were either a “breathtaking misunderstanding...
article Capitol Insider: Exploring Options For Gaming Fees
(Oklahoma) -- Money is coming into the state of Oklahoma from tribal gaming in December, but what to do with exclusivity fee payments from January is up in the air....
article Gaming compact dispute update: Tribal leaders say money will continue to be sent to state
(Oklahoma) -- The check is in the mail. Or at least it will be soon. At the quarterly meeting of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes Friday at the Hard...
article Most residents side with tribes on compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The dispute between Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Native American tribes on the state gaming compact has bled into a legal battle, as the Cherokee,...
article LETTER: Gov. Stitt will go down in history as a treaty busting politician
(Oklahoma) -- In U.S. history, 500 treaties between Native American tribes and the government were all broken by the government. Gov. Kevin Stitt is wanting to break...

1/9/2020

article Fees that tribes pay to state in limbo amid compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The fate of millions of dollars in exclusivity fees tribes pay the state in exchange for operating Class III gaming is up in the air. In a memo from the...
article Stitt reportedly using funds from gaming to pay law firm
(Oklahoma) -- In response to the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw nations filing a lawsuit to determine whether the casino gaming compact with the state has renewed,...
article OP/ED: A tribal sovereignty primer
(Oklahoma) -- During my years on the staff of The Lawton Constitution, I covered several Indian tribes and in the process became fairly well-versed in exactly what is...

1/7/2020

article HOLDEN: Federal Lawsuit Threatens To Derail Legal Gambling In Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- While much of the country has been discussing the chances for expanded gambling — via authorizing sports betting, poker, and/or online casinos...
article REPORT: State Using Money Raised from Gaming to Defend Against Lawsuit Brought by Tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt is using funds generated by tribal fees to pay for a law firm to defend him in a lawsuit brought by three of the state’s largest...

1/6/2020

article State uses funds derived from gaming to defend against lawsuit brought by tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt is using funds generated by tribal fees to pay for a law firm to defend him in a lawsuit brought by three of the state’s largest...
article Oklahoma Supreme Court rules in favor of Video Gaming Technologies' property taxes case
(Oklahoma) -- In a decision dated Dec. 17 but not yet released for publication, the Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Video Gaming Technologies, a...

1/5/2020

article Seattle firm to take on Oklahoma tribal gaming compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- In the continuing effort to obtain higher exclusivity rates on the Class III casino games that Oklahoma tribes pay to the state, Gov. Kevin Stitt has now...

1/4/2020

article Berrey: Oklahoma governor threatens tribal economies
(Oklahoma) -- The following is a statement from John Berrey, Chairman of the Quapaw Nation, in connection with the Cherokee Nation v. Stitt litigation. The lawsuit was...
article State, tribal partnership 'achieve greatest good'
(Oklahoma) -- In an era when society seems to be torn into opposing camps, it is heartening to look back in time when the dots of history created a path to partnerships...
article OP/ED: Problem gambling must be part of compact debate
(Oklahoma) -- The debate over renegotiating state-tribal gaming compacts, which confer monopoly rights to casinos, has focused mostly on dollars and cents. But the...
article LETTER: Proud of Stitt's cabinet member for standing up to the governor
(Oklahoma) -- I am proud of Lisa Billy for standing up to Gov. Kevin Stitt. She’s an asset to the tribes. Two former governors, Barry Switzer, company CEOs,...

1/3/2020

article Gov. Kevin Stitt hires outside law firm to handle tribal gaming compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday announced he had hired the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie to represent the state in a dispute with tribes over gaming...
article State leaders hire law firm to fight federal lawsuit over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- As the dispute over tribal gaming compacts moves to a higher court, state leaders say they are getting prepared for a legal fight. Currently, Native...
article Stitt hires out-of-state firm to help with gaming dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s governor announced Friday hiring out-of-state attorneys to represent the state in the ongoing gaming compact dispute with Native American...
article Capitol Insider: Gaming Compact Dispute Unresolved
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal gaming continues across the state, even as Governor Kevin Stitt argues the practice became illegal on January 1st. KGOU's Dick Pryor and...
article Model Gaming Compact Dispute: Tribes Sue, Governor Defends
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt is praising two tribes, the Kialegee Tribal Town (“Tribe”) and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, for entering...

1/2/2020

article Oklahoma Supreme Court rules out property tax assessments on leased slot machines
(Oklahoma) -- County assessors trying to levy property taxes against a company that leases Class II gaming equipment to tribal casinos apparently have had a setback in...
article Casinos still open despite Gov. Stitt's warning
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal casinos across the state are still open for business despite Governor Stitt's warning that gambling there is now illegal. State leaders claim...
article Two Oklahoma tribes sign extension with Gov. Kevin Stitt after three sue over gaming compact renewal
(Oklahoma) -- After adding fuel to the fire of an already heated situation, Oklahoma Governor, Kevin Stitt, now faces a federal lawsuit filed by the state’s three...
article Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes file lawsuit over gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Citing the uncertainty cast by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt over tribal gaming operations, the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations filed a federal lawsuit...
article Oklahoma tribes sue governor over casino compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The battle between Oklahoma’s native Indian tribes and the governor has taken its next step. Governor Kevin Stitt wants the tribes to sit down at the...
article Tribal nations challenge Oklahoma on gaming revenues
(Oklahoma) -- Three tribal nations are taking a stand, keeping their casinos open despite a warning from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. The tribes are betting they're...
article UKB signs gaming extension with state
(Oklahoma) -- While the Cherokee Nation and other tribes were filing lawsuits to end the dispute over renewal of the gaming compact with Gov. Kevin Stitt, two tribes...

1/1/2020

article Casinos operating despite ongoing gaming compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Is gambling now illegal in Oklahoma? That's a question many are asking as the gaming compact dispute between Governor Kevin Stitt and Native American...
article Gaming continues as usual at Oklahoma casinos despite ongoing dispute with state
(Oklahoma) -- Slots kept spinning on the Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino floor long after the ball dropped at midnight Tuesday, despite the governor’s...
article Sac and Fox Nation Stands United with Fellow Nations on Gaming Compact Renewal Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The Sac and Fox Nation Business Committee confirmed their support today for the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations as they filed a Federal lawsuit to...
article Tribes sue Stitt over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Three Native American tribes Tuesday sued Oklahoma’s governor, asking a federal judge to weigh in amid the continued impasse over gaming compacts. In...

12/31/2019

article Lawsuit and response lay out timeline of Oklahoma gaming compact debate
(Oklahoma) -- On the final day of 2019, a dispute between some of the state's major tribes and Governor Stitt over gambling is still unresolved. On New Year's...
article Oklahoma Tribes Sue Gov. Kevin Stitt Over Gaming Compact Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Three Oklahoma tribes have jointly sued Governor Kevin Stitt (R) over his demands that they negotiate new gaming compacts to operate their Native American...
article State's largest gaming tribes head to federal court to try to resolve compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The state’s three largest gaming tribes on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to resolve a dispute with Gov. Kevin Stitt over tribal gaming...
article Three Tribes file Federal lawsuit against Gov. Stitt to end compact renewal dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Three tribes have filed a Federal lawsuit against Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt today to bring an end to the gaming compact renewal dispute, officials say...
article Tribal leaders file federal lawsuit to end uncertainty about tribal gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- In a surprising twist, several Native American nations have filed a federal lawsuit regarding the state’s tribal gaming compact. Currently, Native...
article Tribal nations sue Gov. Kevin Stitt on gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Hours before 2019 turns into 2020, the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations filed a federal lawsuit against Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt today, asking a...
article Tribes sue Gov. Kevin Stitt over renewal of gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's three largest gaming tribes have filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt seeking a declaratory judgment that the tribe's gaming...
article 2 Tribes Sign Extension With Gov. Stitt After 3 Tribes File Federal Lawsuit To End Compact Renewal Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Two tribes in Oklahoma have signed an eight-month extension, and three tribes have filed a federal lawsuit to end a compact renewal dispute over tribal...
article Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations file federal lawsuit to end compact renewal dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations filed a Federal lawsuit today to bring an end to the uncertainty Oklahoma Governor J. Kevin Stitt has attempted...

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