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Gov. Kevin Stitt loses another tribal gaming lawsuit

An Oklahoma City federal judge Tuesday handed Gov. Kevin Stitt another defeat in his effort to restructure Oklahoma’s nearly three dozen tribal gaming compacts, ruling the compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1. Stitt had argued that the 15-year compacts expired on that date, which would have made it illegal for tribes to continue offering Las Vegas-style Class III games unless they renegotiated new deals. Stitt wants the tribes to agree to pay the state more in exclusivity fees.

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8/12/2020

article Stitt seeks clarification on Oklahoma Supreme Court gaming compact ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Following a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court over a couple of gaming compacts, Governor Kevin Stitt is asking for a rehearing. In April, Gov. Kevin...

8/11/2020

article Gov. Stitt asks Oklahoma Supreme Court for rehearing over compact ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to clarify an order ruling invalid two gaming compacts he signed. The Oklahoma Supreme Court on...
article Governor seeks rehearing in state Supreme Court tribal gaming case
(Oklahoma) -- Attorneys for Gov. Kevin Stitt have filed a request for rehearing with the Oklahoma Supreme Court regarding the court's recent decision in a tribal...
article Wichita and Affiliated Tribes seek ruling that exclusivity fees no longer required
(Oklahoma) -- Wichita and Affiliated Tribes are asking an Oklahoma City federal judge to go beyond his July ruling that the state's 15-year gaming compacts...

8/10/2020

article Four Oklahoma Tribes File New Federal Lawsuit Over Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Four Oklahoma tribes have filed a new federal lawsuit against Governor Kevin Stitt, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and two tribal chairmen over Indian...
article Four Tribes Sue Over Oklahoma Gambling Compacts With Two Others
(Oklahoma) -- Four Oklahoma tribes are asking a federal court to void gambling compacts between the state of Oklahoma and two other tribes — agreements that the...

8/8/2020

article Governor's attorneys defend gaming compacts with two tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s gaming compacts with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and Kialegee Tribal Town should be legally upheld even though...

8/7/2020

article Four Oklahoma tribes sue Gov. Stitt, federal agency over gaming agreements
(Oklahoma) -- Four Oklahoma tribes filed a lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Department of the Interior and Gov. Kevin Stitt, seeking a declaration that the agency...
article Tribes file lawsuit against actions leading to new gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Four Oklahoma Tribes filed suit Friday following the recent ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that invalidates compacts signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt and...
article Tribes file lawsuit in gaming compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Potawatomi nations filed a 97-page lawsuit Friday against the US Department of the Interior and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin...
article Gov. Kevin Stitt's attorneys defend gaming compacts with two tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt's attorneys contend his gaming compacts with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and Kialegee Tribal Town should be legally...

8/3/2020

article Flashpoint team discusses COVID-19 criticism of Stitt, tribal gaming decision
(Oklahoma) -- While much of the country continues to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is facing some criticism for his...

8/1/2020

article Stitt loses leverage at gaming compact negotiating table
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s recent loss in a high-profile legal battle over gaming compacts put tribes in better position at the negotiating table. Last week...

7/30/2020

article Gov. Kevin Stitt loses another tribal gaming lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City federal judge Tuesday handed Gov. Kevin Stitt another defeat in his effort to restructure Oklahoma’s nearly three dozen tribal...
article OUR VIEW: Stitt must deny his instinct to divide
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge confirmed what was plain and unambiguous to everybody except Gov. Kevin Stitt and those who steered him down a path that eroded the state...

7/29/2020

article Oklahoma tribes’ pacts ruled valid
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma’s tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1, handing a victory to the tribes who sued Gov. Kevin...

7/28/2020

article Federal Judge Rules Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Accords Renewed Jan. 1
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma’s tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1, handing a victory to the tribes who sued Gov....
article Federal judge: Gov. Stitt wrong on tribal gaming compacts' expiration date
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt lost again in court on Tuesday as a federal district judge in Oklahoma City ruled against his interpretation of the state's tribal...
article Judge rules tribal compacts automatically renew
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge handed Oklahoma’s governor a stinging defeat Tuesday, ruling the state’s gaming compacts with Native American tribes do...
article Tulsa World: Oklahoma can afford $1.5 million in fees to fight Gov. Kevin Stitt's gambling dispute
(Oklahoma) -- A federal district judge in Oklahoma City has ruled that the state’s gambling agreements with most resident Indian tribes automatically renewed on...
article Federal judge: Gaming compacts automatically renewed
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge has ruled that Oklahoma’s Model Tribal Gaming Compact automatically renewed Jan. 1, a significant blow to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s...
article IN FOCUS: Origins of Native American gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Gambling is a billion-dollar industry for Native American tribes in Oklahoma, but once upon a time, it was more of a modest recreation. Oklahoma’s...

7/25/2020

article Stitt's fees in tribal gaming flap top $1.5 million
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office has spent more than $1.5 million in legal and other fees in a flap with tribes over gaming compacts. The costs are expected...

7/23/2020

article Controversial Gaming Compact Pits Gov. Stitt And Okla.’s Largest Tribes In Lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- In north central Oklahoma, Red Rock, a small Native American tribe, was preparing for big changes to the Oklahoma casino industry. The Otoe-Missouria tribe...
article ABANDON SHIP: Stitt's chief of staff announces resignation
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt's chief of staff announced Thursday he is stepping down from his role, effective July 31. Michael Junk cited personal reasons for his...
article MUSKOGEE PHOENIX: Court ruling on gaming compacts welcome news
(Oklahoma) -- A decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, rejecting Gov. Kevin Stitt's attempt to circumvent the legislative branch and ignore existing gaming compacts...

7/22/2020

article Oklahoma high court: Governor overstepped with tribal deal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his authority when he reached a casino gambling agreement with two Native American tribes, the state Supreme Court...
article State high court says Stitt's deal with tribes not in his authority
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck a blow to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s fight against tribes over gaming compacts this week, as the court held he exceeded his...
article Supreme Court rules Comanche, Otoe-Missouria compacts with State invalid
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that gaming compacts signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt and leadership from the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes...
article Gaming Co. Asks High Court To Affirm Okla. Tax Ruling (sub req)
(Oklahoma) -- Video Gaming Technologies Inc. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to deny an Oklahoma county's petition for a review of a state high court decision blocking...

7/21/2020

article OK Supreme Court: Two of Stitt's new compacts invalid
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled in favor of legislative leaders who sued Gov. Kevin Stitt and argued that he lacked authority to unilaterally approve...
article Oklahoma governor stumbles into treaty rights debate
(Oklahoma) -- After being cut out of the loop by tribes and a rival Republican, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is stumbling into growing controversy over a historic U.S....
article Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules New Tribal Gaming Compacts Invalid
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Governor Kevin Stitt did not have the authority to enter into gaming compact agreements with the Otoe-...
article Oklahoma Supreme Court tosses Gov. Stitt's new compacts with two tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Gaming compacts Gov. Kevin Stitt signed with two tribes are invalid, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The suit was brought June 4 by Senate Pro...
article Oklahoma tribal sports betting on hold after court ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s tribal sports betting plans have been put on hold after the state’s top court said the governor had exceeded his authority. On...
article State Supreme Court rejects gaming compacts negotiated by Gov. Kevin Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt exceeded his authority when he signed gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe and those gaming compacts are...

7/20/2020

article 2 Oklahoma tribal leaders say they don’t support agreement
(Oklahoma) -- One day after announcing an agreement in principle with Oklahoma’s attorney general on proposed federal legislation regarding tribal jurisdiction, the...

7/19/2020

article Tribe finds casino opportunity in Oklahoma, following failed attempt in Glynn County
(Oklahoma) -- They came to Glynn County in 2011 looking for land and economic opportunity, the coast of Georgia having provided the means of survival for their Creek...

7/16/2020

article Lawmakers file additional suit questioning compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders of each chamber of the Oklahoma Legislature have filed a second lawsuit with the Oklahoma Supreme Court against Gov. Kevin Stitt regarding the...

7/12/2020

article OIGA executive director: Governor Stitt’s approach remains tribes’ “biggest hurdle”
(Oklahoma) -- The tug of war between Oklahoma tribes and Governor Kevin Stitt shows no signs of abating, according to Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) executive...

7/11/2020

article ELLIS: Gaming compact made with uninformed Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- The Kialegee Tribal Town is at it again. They failed to open a casino in Broken Arrow, even with former Muscogee Creek Principal Chief George Tiger’s...

7/9/2020

article Recall petititions circulating against leaders of two Oklahoma tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Members of the Comanche Nation and Kiowa Tribe have launched recall petitions against tribal leaders amid growing controversies over distribution of...
article 'It is critical we all work together': Stitt, lawmakers visit Otoe-Missouria to talk gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt and four Republican legislators on Thursday morning visited the headquarters of one of the tribes that signed a gaming compact with him...
article Stitt joins Otoe-Missouria tribal leaders to discuss gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- State leaders joined tribal leaders to celebrate the new terms of a tribal gaming compact going into effect. On Thursday, Gov. Kevin Stitt met with members...
article MORON ALERT: Open up gaming to entrepreneurs beyond tribes
(Oklahoma) -- In 2004, Oklahoma voters made one existential strategic choice, changing organized offers of games of chance from a criminal act subject to criminal...

7/6/2020

article Analysis: Two more Oklahoma tribes, on July 2, sign ‘Declarations of Independence’ through new compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Two small Oklahoma tribes have, in their own way, issued brand new versions of the Declaration of Independence. The moves came on July 2 (last Thursday)...
article Stitt Signs Gaming Compacts With Two More Tribes
(Oklahoma) -- New gaming compacts have been signed with two additional Indian tribes, according to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. Though Stitt on Thursday described the...
article Oklahoma tribal gaming compacts continue to generate debate
(Oklahoma) -- As reported by the Associated Press, new gaming compacts signed with two Oklahoma Indian tribes last week have been immediately challenged as to their...

7/4/2020

article Ground broken for entertainment center at Tonkawa casino, to open in spring 2021
(Oklahoma) -- Ground was broken last week ceremony for The HUB Entertainment Center at Tonkawa Hotel & Casino. The HUB will feature bowling, arcade, e-gaming lounge...

7/3/2020

article Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt Further Angers Tribes, Signs Two New Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) yesterday signed two additional tribal gaming compacts, a deal the larger and more powerful Native American tribes in the...
article Governor’s attorney: State Supreme Court lacks authority to invalidate gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court has no authority to void state gaming compacts that were approved under federal law, an attorney for Gov. Kevin Stitt argued...
article Oklahoma governor signs gaming compacts with two more tribes
(Oklahoma) -- New gaming compacts have been signed with two additional Indian tribes, according to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. Though Stitt on Thursday described the...

7/2/2020

article Governor signs gaming compacts with two more tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Although neither one currently operates a casino, two more tribes have signed gaming compacts with the state of Oklahoma. On Thursday, officials announced...
article Kialegees, Keetoowahs sign gaming compacts with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- Two tribes that currently have no casinos have signed gaming compacts with the state of Oklahoma that the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association says are...

7/1/2020

article Governor's attorney: Oklahoma Supreme Court lacks authority to invalidate gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court has no authority to void state gaming compacts that were approved under federal law, an attorney for Gov. Kevin Stitt argued...
article Republican lawmakers say Stitt didn't have power to draw up new gaming compacts with 2 tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Top Republican lawmakers are in a court battle with Gov. Kevin Stitt.The Oklahoma Supreme Court is in deliberation after oral arguments Wednesday over...
article State House, Senate Leaders Sue Governor Over Tribal Gaming
(Oklahoma) -- All three branches of the Oklahoma state government came together Wednesday to settle an argument between the Republican leaders of the state House and...
article Two new gaming compacts take effect, but for how long?
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s new gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe officially took effect Monday, but whether they will be...

6/30/2020

article Oklahoma Tribal Pacts Including Sports Betting Become Effective, But Battle Is On
(Oklahoma) -- On Monday, controversial new tribal compacts executed by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and a pair of federally-recognized tribes became effective immediately...

6/29/2020

article Local casinos raise ante on safety
(Oklahoma) -- In an effort to ensure safety for patrons and staff, Norman casinos have implemented a multitude of health precautions and measures upon reopening....
article Two new gaming compacts take effect, but for how long?
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt's new gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe officially took effect Monday, but whether they will be...

6/27/2020

article Oklahoma Supreme Court to Begin Review of Tribal Gaming Compacts, Sports Betting
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court is scheduled this week to begin deliberating whether Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) had the legal authority to grant two Native American...

6/26/2020

article State Senate to consider Oklahoma sports betting
(Oklahoma) -- A Supreme Court case brought by the Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall will seek to clarify Governor Kevin...

6/23/2020

article 2 Sac And Fox Casinos Temporarily Close Due To COVID-19 Precautions
(Oklahoma) -- Two Sac and Fox casinos temporarily closed due to gaming employees testing positive for COVID-19. The Black Hawk Casino in Shawnee and the Sac and Fox...
article Two Oklahoma casinos close after gaming employee tests positive for COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- Two Oklahoma casinos are closed after a gaming employee tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Sac & Fox Nation, the Black Hawk Casino in...

6/21/2020

article Leaders want Oklahoma Supreme Court to rule on limits to governor’s authority
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders of the Oklahoma House and Senate on Thursday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to step in and rule on whether Gov. Kevin Stitt has the authority to...

6/16/2020

article Stitt’s request for federal legal opinion on authority rejected
(Oklahoma) -- After suggesting his court had no standing in a state dispute, a federal judge on June 15 declined to give Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt a legal opinion on the...

6/15/2020

article Federal judge rejects Gov. Stitt's request that he clarify governor's authority in tribal compact negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City federal judge on Monday rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt's request that he clarify the governor's authority to enter into tribal gaming...
article Federal judge rejects Stitt's request for opinion on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call for the court to opine on his legal authority related to his entry into gaming compacts with two...

6/13/2020

article Oklahoma governor cuts gaming compact deals with more tribes; Cherokee chief objects
(Oklahoma) -- An ongoing dispute between Native American tribes and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt over casino gaming compacts has reached a new plateau, with the U.S....
article Tribes say Stitt's most recent gaming request has not been properly placed before federal court
(Oklahoma) -- Gaming tribes in a dispute with Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday asked a federal judge to reject his request that he be granted power that is not approved...

6/12/2020

article As Legal Battle Over Gaming Compacts Heats Up, U.S. Department of The Interior Sidesteps Conflict
(Oklahoma) -- By default, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency that governs agreements between states and tribes, has approved the gaming compacts...
article Court filings clear way for possible decision in lawsuit over tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Attorneys for Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma gaming tribes submitted additional legal arguments to an Oklahoma City federal judge Friday, clearing the way...

6/11/2020

article GOP leaders try to stop gambling agreements
(Oklahoma) -- Republican Legislative leaders filed an action with the Oklahoma Supreme Court in response to a recent federal court motion by Gov. Kevin Stitt concerning...
article Tribes urge federal judge to let Oklahoma Supreme Court decide limits on governor's authority
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City federal judge should let the Oklahoma Supreme Court decide whether there are limits on Gov. Kevin Stitt's authority to approve tribal...

6/10/2020

article Controversial OK betting compact approved by DOI
(Oklahoma) -- The controversial tribal gaming compacts that give two Oklahoma tribes rights to offer sports betting in the state have been approved by the US Department...
article Feds approve Oklahoma’s newly negotiated gambling compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The federal government approved new gambling compacts between Oklahoma and two tribal nations, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced on June 8, but the governor still...
article Oklahoma Tribes Get OK From Feds For Sports Betting, But Opposition Remains
(Oklahoma) -- A unexpected event involving sports betting occurred in Oklahoma on Monday when two new tribal-state compacts in Oklahoma were “deemed approved,...

6/9/2020

article Hoskin speaks against Interior’s OK of 2 tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- With federal approval granted on June 8 for new gaming compacts between Oklahoma and the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Cherokee Nation was...

6/8/2020

article Approved: US Department of Interior deems individual tribal gaming compacts legal
(Oklahoma) -- The fight regarding the legality of two new tribal gaming compacts in the state has taken a new turn. In April, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that the state...
article Comanche Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe gaming compacts gain federal approval
(Oklahoma) -- The state's tribal gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe have been "deemed approved" by the U.S. Department of...
article Department of Interior approves new gaming compacts for two tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of Interior has approved two controversial tribal gaming compacts signed in April by Gov. Kevin Stitt, his office said Monday. Once the...
article Feds approve Oklahoma's newly negotiated gambling compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The federal government approved new gambling compacts between Oklahoma and two tribal nations, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced on Monday, but the governor still...

6/6/2020

article Legislative leaders ask state Supreme Court to intervene in tribal gaming lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s top two legislative leaders interjected themselves into the gaming lawsuit between Gov. Kevin Stitt and several tribal governments on...

6/5/2020

article Oklahoma justices asked to settle compact tiff with governor
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's Republican legislative leaders are asking the state Supreme Court to settle whether Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his authority when he...

6/4/2020

article Legislative leaders ask state Supreme Court to intervene in tribal gaming lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s top two legislative leaders interjected themselves into the gaming lawsuit between Gov. Kevin Stitt and several tribal governments on...
article Hard Rock and other Cherokee casinos to reopen next week
(Oklahoma) -- More than 12 weeks after closing for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa will welcome guests again next week as the Cherokee...

6/1/2020

article Some leery about returning to casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahomans are starting to place their bets again, as casinos across the state are slowly reopening to patrons. Although gaming operations have been given...

5/29/2020

article Governor asks judge to suspend tribal gaming mediation efforts
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt has asked an Oklahoma City federal judge to suspend mediation negotiations between Stitt and Oklahoma gaming tribes until Chief Judge...
article Stitt seeks clarification from judge in gaming dispute to determine whether he can amend compact agreement
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt has asked a federal judge to rule that he has the power to let tribes offer games not authorized by state law. He has asked the judge to...
article Comanche, Otoe-Missouria leaders defend gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders for the Comanche and Otoe-Missouria tribes on May 13 defended their gambling compact agreements with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and called on the U....

5/28/2020

article Rebuilding amid coronavirus: Oklahoma casinos adapting to new health and safety measures
(Oklahoma) -- Casinos and social distancing don’t naturally go hand in hand. It’s that issue the various members of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association...

5/26/2020

article In Latest Filings, Tribes, Stitt Ask Judge to Rule in Their Favor in Gaming Compact Lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt made their latest cases to the judge presiding over their gaming compact lawsuit. Documents submitted on Friday by...

5/25/2020

article The re-opening of casinos is having an impact outside of just Northeast Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The re-opening of casinos like Buffalo Run Casino and Resort as well as Downstream Casino Resort is having an impact outside of just Northeast Oklahoma....
article Accenting safety, tribal casinos are reopening doors
(Oklahoma) -- Some Oklahoma tribal casinos have reopened, while others have announced dates to unlock their doors, closed in March because of covid-19. The Cherokee...

5/23/2020

article Governor, tribes present legal arguments in dispute over state gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City federal court lawsuit between Oklahoma gaming tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt moved one step closer to a potential judicial resolution Friday...
article Two tribes defend new gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Two tribes that broke away from other Oklahoma tribes to sign gaming compacts with Gov. Kevin Stitt say the amount of annual exclusivity fees they owe the...

5/22/2020

article Comanche Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe respond to other tribes' opposition to new compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Following the April 21 signing of new gaming compacts between the State of Oklahoma and the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes, turmoil has followed...
article Oklahoma Tribes Write Interior Department Regarding Their New Gaming Compacts, Dismiss Sister Tribes’ Allegations
(Oklahoma) -- The two Oklahoma tribes that reached new gaming compacts last month with Governor Kevin Stitt (R) tell the US Interior Department that their casino revenue...

5/18/2020

article Cherokee Nation releases plan for reopening Hard Rock, other Oklahoma casinos
(Oklahoma) -- The reopening of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is on the horizon, and the casino's owner has laid out plans for how it will safely take on that...

5/17/2020

article Oklahoma reopens bars, weddings, casinos in next phase
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma reopened bars Friday and allowed weddings, funerals and organized sports to resume under the next phase of Gov. Kevin Stitt's statewide...

5/16/2020

article 100s line up as some Oklahoma casinos reopen despite virus
(Oklahoma) -- Hundreds of people stood in line on May 12 waiting to enter a casino in central Oklahoma that has been allowed to reopen with social distancing...
article Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribe to assist members with relief payments
(Oklahoma) -- The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will provide some much-needed emergency relief to tribal members 18 and older in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the...

5/15/2020

article Several area casinos reopening after COVID-19 closures
(Oklahoma) -- As local businesses continue to slowly reopen their doors to customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, so are several Oklahoma casinos. After closing its doors...
article OUR VIEW: Do we redefine sovereignty?
(Oklahoma) -- Within Oklahoma, the Native American tribes in our state are sovereign nations. There are 39 tribal sovereign nations in Oklahoma, 34 of which have gaming...

5/14/2020

article Comanche Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe respond to recent opinion of state A.G.
(Oklahoma) -- The Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe released on Wednesday (May 13) a legal memo emphasizing the legality of their compacts in light of the recent...
article Tribal Leaders Defend New Gaming Compacts In Legal Memo
(Oklahoma) -- The leaders of two Oklahoma-based Native American tribes defended on Wednesday their recent gambling compacts with the state and urged the U.S. Department...
article Otoe-Missouria Tribe says challenge to gaming compact is a challenge to sovereignty
(Oklahoma) -- Since the beginning of the year, there has been much debate as to whether the gaming compacts between Oklahoma’s Native American tribes and the state...

5/13/2020

article Comanche, Otoe-Missouria respond to Attorney General's arguments against compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The leadership of the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe released a united statement to the Department of Interior emphasizing their perception of...
article Osage, other casinos opening; Cherokee, Creek delayed
(Oklahoma) -- After gaming in Oklahoma took a backseat to the COVID-19 outbreak, tribal casinos are beginning to reopen to the public. As of Wednesday, at least five...
article Tribal Leaders Defend New Gambling Compacts in Legal Memo
(Oklahoma) -- The leaders of two Oklahoma-based Native American tribes defended on Wednesday their recent gambling compacts with the state and urged the U.S. Department...
article Two tribes respond to attorney general’s opinion on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Two Native American tribes are speaking out, emphasizing the legality of their individual gaming compacts with the state. Last month, Gov. Stitt announced...
article As Coronavirus Cases Rise, 100s Line Up As Some Oklahoma Casinos Reopen
(Oklahoma) -- Just a few miles from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, hundreds of people stood in line Tuesday waiting to enter a casino that has been allowed to...
article Casinos ready to start reopening
(Oklahoma) -- The doors are about to reopen at Ottawa County casinos. Buffalo Run will be the first, powering back up on Friday, May 15, while Downstream has targeted...
article Some Oklahoma casinos extend closures while others prepare to open this week
(Oklahoma) -- Several casinos across the state will now be closed at least through the end of May, but some tribes have decided to reopen earlier, citing low infection...
article Osage casinos to reopen on limited basis Friday; Creek, Cherokee casinos to remain closed through May
(Oklahoma) -- Closed for nearly two months because of COVID-19, the Osage Casino Hotel in Tulsa is among the Osage Nation’s gaming facilities that will start a...

5/12/2020

article Hundreds line up as some Oklahoma casinos reopen despite virus
(Oklahoma) -- Hundreds of people stood in line Tuesday waiting to enter a casino in central Oklahoma that has been allowed to reopen with social distancing restrictions...
article LETTER: Tribes used as pawns by Oklahoma governor
(Oklahoma) -- A couple of weeks ago, the Oklahoma governor announced two new tribal gaming compacts had been signed. An initial read revealed a slight change in...

5/11/2020

article Hundreds line up at casino opening
(Oklahoma) -- The line to get inside Thunderbird Casino stretched nearly 250 people long. Inside, guests' temperatures were taken at the door, masks were handed out...
article Thunderbird Casino open for business with social distancing and safety rules in place
(Oklahoma) -- Thunderbird Casinos in Norman and Shawnee officially opened for business Monday morning.
article MORON ALERT: Political honeymoon over for Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s political honeymoon has come to an abrupt end. It is unclear specifically when the honeymoon ended, but tension between Stitt and...

5/10/2020

article Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt spars with state AG, lawmakers, tribes during second year
(Oklahoma) -- After enjoying a relatively smooth first year, Gov. Kevin Stitt has landed on an increasingly rocky pathway with lawmakers and Attorney General Mike Hunter...

5/9/2020

article Tribal Casinos Reopen in Oklahoma, Tonkawa Adopts Safety Plan from Wynn Resorts
(Oklahoma) -- A handful of tribal casinos reopened this week in Oklahoma with safeguards in place to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Among the properties...
article EDITORIAL: Oklahoma gaming divide not narrowing
(Oklahoma) -- On the topic of gaming, the chasm between the governor’s office and many of Oklahoma’s Indian tribes could not be wider. It appears only the...
article Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association suspends tribes that signed compacts with Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association has suspended the membership of two tribes that signed controversial compacts with Gov. Kevin Stitt, it announced...

5/8/2020

article 2 Indian tribes booted from Oklahoma gaming association
(Oklahoma) -- An influential Native American trade association booted two of its members Thursday just days after the tribes struck new gaming compacts with the state....
article Multiple tribes urge rejection of controversial gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The gaming compact Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed with the Comanche Nation is a "provocative attack on Chickasaw Nation sovereignty," writes...
article Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association temporarily suspends two members
(Oklahoma) -- In Oklahoma and a pair of tribes that recently inked updated gaming compacts with the office of Governor Kevin Stitt have reportedly had their memberships...
article Otoe-Missouria Chairman issues statement regarding the tribe's recent OIGA suspension
(Oklahoma) -- Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John R. Shotton issues the following statement after the tribe was suspended from the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (...

5/7/2020

article Attorney General Hunter Responds to Lawmakers’ Opinion Request: Governor Cannot enter into Compacts with Tribes that Authorize Gaming Activity Prohibited by State Law
(Oklahoma) -- Attorney General Mike Hunter today issued an official opinion sought by Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall that says the...
article Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association suspends tribes that signed compacts with Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- After two tribal leaders signed new gaming compacts the state's top attorney later said Gov. Kevin Stitt could not legally enter into, the tribes have...
article Oklahoma Gaming Association votes to cancel 2020 conference and trade show
(Oklahoma) -- The membership of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association voted to cancel its 2020 Conference and Trade Show. This cancellation comes in an abundance of...

5/6/2020

article AG against gaming compact decisions
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's attorney general fired off a letter Tuesday to federal officials, urging them to ax the state's two new renegotiated gaming compacts...
article Oklahoma attorney general: Governor overstepped authority
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his legal authority when he reached deals with two Native American tribes to allow sports gambling and the federal...
article Oklahoma Gaming Association votes to cancel 2020 conference and trade show
(Oklahoma) -- The membership of Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association voted to cancel its 2020 Conference and Trade Show. This cancellations comes in an abundance of...
article OP/ED: I was wrong in part, but now I am right in full: Stitt, Comanche and Otoe-Missouria green light a better future
(Oklahoma) -- In the May print edition of The City Sentinel newspaper, I crafted a rather cautious defense of the gaming compact Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt forged...

5/5/2020

article AG opinion: Governor's recent tribal gaming compacts prohibited by state law
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his authority by entering into gaming compacts with two tribes that would permit sports betting and other types of...
article Attorney General asks for gaming compacts Gov. Stitt signed last month to be rejected
(Oklahoma) -- On Monday, Attorney General Mike Hunter issued an opinion that was requested by Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall...
article Gov. Stitt 'lacks authority' to sign new gaming compacts for state, attorney general says
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's top attorney says Gov. Kevin Stitt lacks the authority to enter the state into binding compacts with Indian tribes that authorize gaming...
article In Latest Rebuke Of Stitt, State AG Tells Feds Governor Out Of Line On Tribal Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- In an opinion released at the request of the Oklahoma legislature's two most senior Republicans and a separate letter to a federal cabinet secretary,...
article Oklahoma attorney general: Governor cannot enter into tribal compacts and authorize illegal gaming activity
(Oklahoma) -- State leaders continue to battle it out over the legality of Governor Kevin Stitt signing two new tribal gaming compacts with individual tribes. Last month...

5/4/2020

article Stitt seeks shift away from ‘one size fits all’ gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- New state gaming compacts with two tribal nations highlight the two ways Gov. Kevin Stitt would like to change future compacts – that gambling...
article Oklahoma Forward: Most Casinos Won't Take Gamble On Reopening
(Oklahoma) -- Ready to hit the jackpot? I wouldn't bet on it just yet. Casinos across Oklahoma are taking their time cashing in on Gov. Stitt's phased reopening...

5/3/2020

article Odds are against a May 2019 flooding repeat. But rivers always bear watching this time of year
(Oklahoma) -- One year ago, during the late hours of April 30 and the morning of May 1, 17 tornadoes struck Oklahoma. The storm carried with it 5 to 6 inches of rainfall...

5/2/2020

article While Louisiana Casinos Remain Closed, Oklahoma Casinos Reopen
(Oklahoma) -- The Tonkawa Hotel and Casino in Tonkawa, Oklahoma opened at noon on Friday. This casino is about 500 miles from Shreveport Bossier on the border with...
article Sac and Fox Nation Extends Current Closures
(Oklahoma) -- Sac and Fox Nation officials announced today they will extend the current closures of government offices and casinos due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sac...

5/1/2020

article Stitt seeks shift away from ‘one size fits all’ gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- New state gaming compacts with two tribal nations highlight the two ways Gov. Kevin Stitt would like to change future compacts – that gambling...

4/30/2020

article Northeast Oklahoma tribal nations work on plans to reopen casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Normally, a casino is one of the last places you would find peace and quiet. But that’s been the case for more than a month now, and it could be that...
article Otoe-Missouria Tribe signs new gaming compact with state
(Oklahoma) -- The Otoe-Missouria Tribe signed a new gaming compact with Governor Kevin Stitt and the State of Oklahoma Tuesday, April 21, promising new gaming activities...

4/29/2020

article Changes come to casinos as they reopen
(Oklahoma) -- As Oklahoma continues to reopen, it’s up to each tribe when they will resume gaming. Officials say there are going to extra steps taken at casinos to try...
article Several Tribal Casinos In Oklahoma Will Remain Closed Through May 15
(Oklahoma) -- Four of the largest tribes in Oklahoma — the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and the Muscogee Creek Nations — will keep their casinos closed...

4/28/2020

article Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Four tribes announce extension of casino closures
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribal casinos operated by the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Choctaw and Muscogee (Creek) nations will remain closed at least through May 15, tribal...
article EDITORIAL: Progress on Oklahoma gaming compacts, or more problems?
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt sees new gaming compacts reached with two Oklahoma Indian tribes as progress in a legal dispute with several other tribes. Those tribes,...

4/27/2020

article Oklahoma guv defends legality of new tribal gaming, betting deals
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s governor says new gaming compacts with tribal casino operators are perfectly legal, despite public protests by the state’s top law...
article Stitt responds to concerns about legality of new tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- After concerns were raised about the legality of signing new tribal gaming compacts with two Native American tribes, Governor Kevin Stitt sent a letter to...
article Casinos consider ‘cautious start’ to reopening [sub req']
(Oklahoma) -- Casino operators in Oklahoma are considering how and when to safely reopen their doors even as other entertainment venues may welcome customers back...
article Handle records continue at Will Rogers Downs
(Oklahoma) -- Going into its 28-day thoroughbred meet, management at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs was optimistic that its strong purse structure would lead to...

4/26/2020

article Week's events make future of Oklahoma tribal gaming murkier
(Oklahoma) -- The already cloudy future of Indian gaming in Oklahoma got a whole lot murkier last week with Gov. Kevin Stitt's signing of tribal gaming compacts with...

4/25/2020

article Oklahoma Sports Betting Is A Fight The Tribes Will Stay Out Of
(Oklahoma) -- Earlier this week, the Sooner State and the country presumed that sports betting in Oklahoma had finally been legalized. However, a legal opinion from...
article Stitt Responds To Fellow Republicans Who Say He Acted Unlawfully On Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt responded Friday to charges leveled by Republican leaders in the state legislature that recent gaming compacts signed between...
article Tribes won't press sports betting issue, attorney says
(Oklahoma) -- The two tribes that signed gaming compacts with Gov. Kevin Stitt this week won’t press the contentious issue of sports betting until the state...

4/24/2020

article AG Hunter, State Legislature: New Tribal Gaming Compacts Not Authorized By State Law
(Oklahoma) -- Two tribes signed new agreements this week that would begin sports betting and table games. That led to criticism from the state legislature and the state...
article Legislative leaders say Stitt's compacts not lawful
(Oklahoma) -- State House and Senate leaders sent a pointed letter to Oklahoma’s governor Wednesday evening, warning him not to “waste” resources...
article Tribes seek settlement terms in casino compact lawsuit; claims mediation rules not followed
(Oklahoma) -- A judge Friday dismissed two tribes from a federal lawsuit filed against Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office after it was announced earlier this week that they...
press release Sac and Fox Nation Thanks Oklahoma Legislative Leadership and Oklahoma Attorney General for Comments on Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The Sac and Fox Nation Business Committee conveys their appreciation to Oklahoma Speaker of the House Charles McCall, Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore...

4/23/2020

article House Leaders Claim Gov. Stitt Overstepped Authority With New Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- House and Senate GOP leaders sent a letter to Governor Stitt this week telling him he overstepped his authority in signing two new gaming compacts with the...
article Tribes seek settlement terms in casino compact lawsuit; claims mediation rules not followed
(Oklahoma) -- After it was announced earlier this week that two tribes had reached an agreement with the state on new gaming compacts, a judge dismissed the two tribes...
article Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Comanche Nation comment on perspectives of both governor and attorney general; nuanced analysis offered
(Oklahoma) -- In a joint statement last evening (Wednesday, April 22), leaders of two Oklahoma tribes affirmed their respect for statewide officials who have reached...
article Tribe signs gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma signed a resolution on Tuesday afternoon in the ongoing negotiations with the State of Oklahoma. The Lawtonbased...

4/22/2020

article Legislative leaders say Stitt’s compacts not lawful
(Oklahoma) -- State House and Senate leaders sent a pointed letter to Oklahoma's governor Wednesday evening warning him not to “waste” resources...
article Oklahoma Governor Approves Sports Betting In Tribal Compacts, But AG Says It’s Illegal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to allow legal sports betting for at least two tribal casino operators through renegotiated compacts. But the state’s...
article Oklahoma strikes gaming deals with Comanche Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe
(Oklahoma) -- The Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe have signed new gaming deals with the state. This comes at a time when mediation is underway with other tribes...
article Oklahoma's legislative leaders tell Gov. Stitt his new tribal gaming compacts are invalid
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s top two lawmakers tartly rebuked Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday, telling him in a letter that the two tribal gaming compacts he signed this...
article ‘Sooner’ Than Later? Sports Betting ‘Approved’ But Up For Debate In Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Looks like legal sports betting might be coming to Oklahoma. Or not. Governor Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday that he negotiated new pacts with the Comanche...

4/21/2020

article Oklahoma AG Mike Hunter says Gov. Stitt's new tribal gaming compacts 'not authorized' by state law
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Mike Hunter tangled Tuesday over tribal gaming compacts, signed in an elaborate ceremony earlier in the day, that...
article Updated: Oklahoma governor announces gambling deal with 2 tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday he reached a deal with two Native American tribes to increase the state’s share of revenue from new...
article Gov. Stitt announces new tribal gaming compacts as lawsuit with other tribes stretches on
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday afternoon announced an update to negotiations over tribal gaming in Oklahoma, as two tribes have agreed to new compacts with...
article Governor settles with two of 12 tribes involved in federal lawsuit over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday that he has reached deals with two of the 12 Oklahoma tribes that filed a federal lawsuit against him over the terms of...
article Oklahoma governor, 2 tribes reach gaming agreements
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced gaming compact agreements with two tribal nations. Stitt announced agreements with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe...
article Oklahoma guv inks new gaming, betting compacts with two tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Two Oklahoma tribal gaming operators have come to terms with the state’s governor, but there are questions as to whether the new compacts will withstand...
article Stitt announces gaming compacts with Otoe-Missouria, Comanche tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt announced during an April 21 news conference that the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Comanche Nation have agreed to new compacts with the state...
article Stitt says compacts permit tribes to build 2 new casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's governor will permit two Native American tribes to build casinos off-reservation in exchange for increased revenue payments to the state when...
article OK Then: Oklahoma Sports Betting Approved In Tribal Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Sports betting in Oklahoma is now legal through at least two tribal casino operators authorized by Gov. Kevin Stitt as part of compact negotiations. Stitt...
article Sports Betting in Oklahoma Including College Sports, but Not OSU or Any In-State Schools
(Oklahoma) -- You can still go to Las Vegas and bet on the Oklahoma State Cowboys if you want, but have you ever noticed that when in Vegas there is no wagering on UNLV...

4/12/2020

article Outlook 2020: 'If someone asks for your mentorship, give it,' gaming official says
(Oklahoma) -- Name: Sheila Morago, 61, executive director of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. Highlights: Sheila Morago has worked in tribal gaming for more than...

4/10/2020

article Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek) Nations Extend Casino Closures
(Oklahoma) -- Casinos operated by the Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek) nations will stay closed through April. Both tribes shut down their casinos throughout Oklahoma on...

4/9/2020

article Creek, Cherokee casinos to remain closed through April
(Oklahoma) -- Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee nation casinos will remain closed through April, the tribes announced in separate news releases Thursday. Both tribes’...

4/3/2020

article Gaming compact mediation extended during pandemic
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's casinos may be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the dispute between Native American tribes and the state continues. After months of...

4/1/2020

article Federal officials seek input from tribes on how $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds should be distributed
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has sent letters to tribal leaders across the nation seeking recommendations on how $8 billion in coronavirus relief...

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...

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