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Oklahoma tribal leaders denounce governor’s gambling plan

The leaders of five of Oklahoma’s most powerful tribal nations have approved a resolution denouncing the new Republican governor’s plan to force negotiations for a bigger slice of revenue from Oklahoma’s tribal casinos.

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12/12/2019

article Cheif Chat: Partnerships with Cherokee Nation, tribes are key to Oklahoma’s future
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma is arguably the most distinctive state in the union. It is the home of four million people, a place of great beauty and abundant natural resources...
article Commercial gaming could put $150 million a year in fees to state at risk, Oklahoma tribes tell Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt would be putting $150 million per year in exclusivity fees at risk should he and lawmakers allow a commercial gaming operator into the...
article Governor Kevin Stitt gives an update on negotiations on Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt is giving an update on the negotiations of the Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Compact. In a statement sent to FOX 25, The Governor says...
article Stitt bets big in taking on tribes on gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Former Gov. Frank Keating’s plan was to play the role of “bad cop,” while he suggested former governor Brad Henry “be the good cop...

12/11/2019

article EDITORIAL: Stitt should take his chips off tribal table
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt says when it comes to renegotiating gaming compacts with Native tribes, the state should "call their bluff." What's going to happen if the...
article Gov. Kevin Stitt is getting bad legal advice on tribal gaming compacts, House leader thinks
(Oklahoma) -- Legislative leaders expressed varying opinions Wednesday about Gov. Kevin Stitt’s dispute with the state’s American Indian tribes over gaming...
article Oklahoma governor threatens tribes with non-Indian gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is threatening to bring non-Indian casinos to the state if tribes don't agree to his...

12/10/2019

article BLOG: Oklahoma and a new deal with Indian casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Interesting reading from Oklahoma, where Gov. Kevin Stitt believes a 15-year compact with Indian tribes to operate casinos comes to an end this year. The...
article Commercial gaming could put $150 million a year in fees to state at risk, Oklahoma tribes tell Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt would be putting $150 million per year in exclusivity fees at risk should he and lawmakers allow a commercial gaming operator into the...
article OK gov, tribes battling for public sentiment
(Oklahoma) -- Amid compact negotiations, Oklahoma’s governor is wagering residents are too smart to be influenced by a decade of philanthropic giving and an...
article SWIMMER: Former chief, BIA official explains gaming compacts and tribal spending
(Oklahoma) -- Regarding the tribal gaming matter, I am concerned that the governor does not understand how tribes spend the money they make from gaming. The tribes are...

12/9/2019

article Stitt: Commercial casinos interested if deal with tribes not renewed
(Oklahoma) -- The governor said commercial casino operators are very interested in Oklahoma if the state and Native American tribes can't strike a new deal on gaming...
article COLUMN: Stitt's heavy hand with tribes not wise
(Oklahoma) -- Last summer, Gov. Kevin Stitt made clear his intent to renegotiate gaming compacts that have defined how tribal casinos operate in Oklahoma. The tribes...

12/8/2019

article OUR VIEW: Stitt should stand down in gaming conflict
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s governor should halt efforts to force tribal governments to renegotiate the terms of gaming compacts from which the state reaps tens of...
article Stitt and tribes fight for public support
(Oklahoma) -- Amid compact negotiations, Oklahoma's governor is wagering residents are too smart to be influenced by a decade of philanthropic giving and an...

12/7/2019

article Experts: Gov. Kevin Stitt and the tribes are playing a dangerous 'political game of chicken'
(Oklahoma) -- A political game of chicken involving Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma’s Native American tribes could have some severe consequences for both, two...
article Gaming fight headed for showdown
(Oklahoma) -- A battle between state officials and Native American tribes over a hotly debated gaming compact could spill into federal court if the two sides can’t...
article Stitt: Tribes would ‘illegally’ run games without new deal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s Native American tribes would be illegally operating certain gambling games after Jan. 1 if they don’t resolve a dispute over the...
article Tribes send subtle message through advertising campaign
(California) -- Given a chance to say so directly, the leaders of Oklahoma’s largest tribal nations are hesitant to claim they serve the needs of Oklahomans better...

12/6/2019

article Chickasaw Nation warns of ‘an intolerable risk’ to its Oklahoma casinos
(Oklahoma) -- In Oklahoma and the leader of the casino-operating Chickasaw Nation has reportedly written to the federal government to advise officials that his tribe...
article Five Tribes waiting for offer from governor on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Whatever Gov. Kevin Stitt is selling, the leaders of Oklahoma’s five largest Indian tribes aren’t buying. “It felt like a used car...
article Morgan: Casinos to keep operating [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- Native American Indian tribes that have casino gaming interests in Oklahoma will continue to operate facilities after the start of 2020, the leader of the...
article Oklahoma Governor Stitt Says Tribal Operations Illegal After Jan 1, Chickasaw Threatens Legal Action
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s tribal casino compact negotiations could be heading for court after Governor Kevin Stitt said operators would be breaking the law if they...
article Stitt claims tribal casinos will operate illegally without new compact
(Oklahoma) -- Indicating that the state and American Indian tribes may be headed for an impasse, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Dec. 5 attempted to apply a deadline to...
article Stitt, Indian tribes battle over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Amid compact negotiations, Oklahoma’s governor is wagering residents are too smart to be influenced by a decade of philanthropic giving and an...
article Tribes and Gov Still Far, Far Apart on Gaming
(Oklahoma) -- With a deadline for new Oklahoma gaming compact looming, a Native American tribe has warned the federal government that it might take legal action to avoid...

12/5/2019

article Gaming fight headed for showdown
(Oklahoma) -- A battle between state officials and Native American tribes over a hotly debated gaming compact could spill into federal court if the two sides can't...
article Tribes will be operating Class III games illegally on Jan. 1 if no compact deal is reached, Gov. Kevin Stitt says
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday said tribes that offer Class III gaming after Jan. 1 will be doing so illegally. The question for tribes that offer gaming,...
article Oklahoma Tribe Warns 'Intolerable Risk' Over Gaming Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- With a deadline for new Oklahoma gaming compact looming, a Native American tribe has warned the federal government that it might take legal action to avoid...
article MORON ALERT: Inconsequential casino taxation
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s tribal casinos are proud to announce they paid $138 million to the state as part of their exclusive gambling compact. That’s a lot...

12/4/2019

article Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma had $145M in economic impact on state
(Oklahoma) -- The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma had an economic impact of more than $145 million in the state in 2017, supporting more than 1,130 jobs that paid $55...
article Chickasaw Nation reaches out to federal agency on standoff with state over tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The head of the largest gaming tribe in Oklahoma has told the federal agency that oversees tribal gaming that any effort to disrupt its operations would be...
article Chicken-Fried News: No sale
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin “Coffee Is for Closers” Stitt has repeatedly said he wants to run Oklahoma like a business — without specifying exactly what...
article Oklahoma ranks second in nation for gambling
(Oklahoma) -- According to new data from the American Gaming Association, Oklahoma is the second state in the nation for the average amount each resident gambles. A map...

11/30/2019

article LETTER: Nothing is wrong with current Oklahoma Indian gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- According to the American Political Science Association, comprised of historians, political scientists and scholars, businessmen do poorly as elected...

11/26/2019

article Busey: Battle over tribal gaming has serious downsides
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt seems intent on escalating the conflict with the tribes over gaming compacts. His strategy could force negotiations into court – a...

11/25/2019

article EDITORIAL: Gaming talks should resume
(Oklahoma) -- The stalled talks over tribal gaming compacts are not good news for anyone in Oklahoma. The main point of contention is whether the compacts expire on Jan...
article Oklahoma Governor Stitt Like ‘Used Car Salesman’ in Compact Negotiations, Says Tribal Chief
(Oklahoma) -- In Oklahoma, ongoing tribal compact negotiations led by Governor Kevin Stitt have been “a used car salesman thing,” according to one tribal...
article Tribes await offer on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Whatever Gov. Kevin Stitt is selling, the leaders of Oklahoma's five largest Indian tribes aren't buying. "It felt like a used car salesman...
article COMMENTARY: For Rational, Fair, Legal and Honest New Tribal Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- For a time, after insisting on a “United” approach aiming to retain the monopoly-sustaining casino compacts, the Chickasaw Nation seemed to...

11/24/2019

article EDITORIAL: Legalize sports betting? Then allow college athlete endorsements
(Oklahoma) -- Whenever Oklahoma’s governor, Legislature and 30-plus tribal nations move beyond their talking points and truly negotiate the future of gambling in...
article Impeachment, opioid lawsuit, and gaming compacts discussions continue on Flash Point [3rd video]
(Oklahoma) -- Each week, the Flash Point team tackles some of the biggest topics circulating in the Sooner State and beyond. State Representative (D-OKC) Mickey Dollens...

11/23/2019

article Five Tribes say they're waiting for an offer from governor on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Whatever Gov. Kevin Stitt is selling, the leaders of Oklahoma’s five largest Indian tribes aren’t buying. “It felt like a used car...
article Deduction cap may play role in casino debate
(Oklahoma) -- When it comes to the ongoing debate over renegotiation of state-tribal gaming compacts, there’s an elephant in the living room everyone pretends to...
article Fair and Biased: Increase in gambling fees an indirect tax on players!
(Oklahoma) -- On Thursday, Governor Kevin Stitt held a news conference on the impasse Oklahoma state government and the Indian tribes have in regard to the Indian gaming...
article VIDEO: Covering The Capitol: Latest Details In Indian Gaming Compact
(Oklahoma) -- The Tribal gaming compacts run out in just over a month or do they? That's the question and what our capitol reporter Aaron Brilbeck is set to find out...

11/21/2019

article A breakdown of the nearly $139 million that Oklahoma collected from state tribes in fiscal year 2018
(Oklahoma) -- Since 2005, the State of Oklahoma has collected money from tribal gaming in the state. The yearly fees collected by the state have increased every year...
article Gambling compact negotiations between Stitt/tribes stalled
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt said state-tribal negotiations over casino compacts have reached an impasse, but said he remains committed to an improved agreement that...
article Free Market Friday: Stitt makes strong case on casino rates
(Oklahoma) -- With negotiations over new state-tribal gaming compacts at an impasse, Gov. Kevin Stitt has taken his case to the people. He’s given Oklahomans good...
article LETTER: Tribal gaming compacts need public scrutiny
(Oklahoma) -- Just over 100 years ago, the first of Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points for peace between governments called for “Open covenants … openly...

11/20/2019

article Okla. Council Of Public Affairs Weighs In On Gaming Compact Dispute Between Tribes, Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- Conservative think tank, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs said casino gaming compacts with the state should be renegotiated. The OCPA said it has...
article Oklahoma organization issues support for renegotiation of tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- As the battle over the state’s tribal gaming compacts continues, another organization is speaking out about the fight. Currently, Native American...

11/17/2019

article Flash Point team discusses impeachment hearings, tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Each week, the Flash Point team tackles some of the biggest topics circulating in the Sooner State and beyond. This week, Todd Lamb, Mike Turpen, and...
article Talks on tribal gaming compacts and rates stalemated over question of renewal
(Oklahoma) -- As the calendar counts down to Jan. 1, Gov. Kevin Stitt and tribes with gaming compacts appear far from resolving their disagreement over renewal of the...
article THE OKLAHOMAN: Impasse over Oklahoma gaming compacts widens
(Oklahoma) -- If the latest rhetoric is any indication, then it’s clear the dispute between the governor and Oklahoma’s Indian tribes over gaming compacts is...
article Oklahoma governor digs in on gambling showdown with tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s new Republican governor is doubling down on his position that the state’s gambling compacts with Indian tribes expire at the end of...
article Letter to the editor: More transparency need on state gambling money
(Oklahoma) -- Taxpayers of the state of Oklahoma need to be informed on the goals of Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Mike Hunter to increase revenues from the...

11/16/2019

article Stitt, tribes at impasse on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gaming compact talks appear stalled after tribal leaders booted the state’s negotiators out of a meeting last month. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said...

11/15/2019

article Capitol Insider: Stitt Pushes for Public Support of Compact Changes
(Oklahoma) -- As he continues to push for renegotiation of the state of Oklahoma's gaming compacts with tribal nations, Governor Kevin Stitt is asking for public...
article Oklahoma governor digs in on gambling showdown with tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s new Republican governor doubled down Thursday on his position that the state’s gambling compacts with Indian tribes expire at the...

11/14/2019

article Battle continues between tribal leaders, governor’s office over tribal gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt came out swinging at a news conference to discuss negotiations for the state's tribal gaming compacts. Currently, Native...
article Cherokees object to state’s arbitration proposal on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Rules Committee heard updates during a Wednesday meeting from Assistant Attorney General Chris Nimmo on the tribe's pending legal...
article Dueling pressers: Stitt, tribes talk gaming negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- With all parties agreeing the issue could head to court if compromise is not found, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and tribal representatives held dueling press...
article Gaming compact negotiations hit impasse as governor says tribes 'would not listen to our plan'
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday accused tribes of refusing to communicate with him over possible changes to their gaming compacts. Stitt told reporters at a...
article Governor voices frustration, suggests tribal gaming fees as high as 25%
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt proposed Oklahoma tribal gaming fees as high as 25% Thursday as he went public with his frustrations over what he described as an...
article Stitt, tribes at impasse on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gaming compact talks appear stalled after tribal leaders booted the state’s negotiators out of a meeting last month. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said...

11/11/2019

article Oklahoma tribes reject gaming compact arbitration
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s 35 tribal nations with casinos have rejected arbitration in a dispute with the state over whether existing gaming compacts automatically...

11/9/2019

article Oklahoma tribes with casinos say no to compact arbitration
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's 35 tribal nations with casinos have rejected arbitration in a dispute with the state over whether existing gaming compacts automatically...

11/8/2019

article Choctaws hope to resolve gaming impasse with Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- It's Native American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to honoring the culture and history of the people who established a human presence on the...
article Tribes say no to arbitration on gaming compact renewal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribes with casinos have refused the state’s offer to go into arbitration over a dispute about renewal of their gaming compacts. The impasse...

11/3/2019

article In Oklahoma, governor tests power of tribal gambling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s history is so deeply intertwined with the 39 Native American tribes located there that the state’s creation in 1907 was celebrated...
article Not much movement after gaming sitdown
(Oklahoma) -- Attorney General Mike Hunter met this week with the leaders of Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes to discuss gaming compacts. It appears little...

10/31/2019

article Oklahoma state starts gaming compact negotiations with tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Attorney General Mike Hunter held Monday a “positive and constructive” meeting with tribal nations at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s...

10/30/2019

article Oklahoma’s casino-operating tribes begin gaming compact talks
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General, Mike Hunter, reportedly began meeting with representatives from some of the state’s 35 casino-operating tribes on Monday...

10/29/2019

article Former Oklahoma Governor Issues Warning to State as Tribal Compact Negotiations Kick Off
(Oklahoma) -- As Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter began controversial compact negotiations with the state’s tribal gaming operators on Monday in a bid to...
article Oklahoma tribes and Attorney General face compacts stalemate
(Oklahoma) -- Negotiations between Oklahoma’s Attorney General and 35 tribal nations began on Monday and today remain in a stalemate over the automatic renewal of...

10/28/2019

article 'You have to walk before you can run': State, tribes hold historic meeting on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- State and tribal leaders held a historic meeting Monday to discuss the future of the multi-million-dollar gaming compacts. But nothing appeared to be...
article AG Hunter meets with Tribal officials to discuss gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- For the first time since the renegotiation of gaming compacts was mentioned by Governor Stitt, tribal leaders and Attorney General Mike Hunter finally sat...
article Oklahoma AG meets with tribal leaders to discuss gaming impact
(Oklahoma) -- Dozens of tribal leaders and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter met behind closed doors for hours Monday at the Grand Casino in Shawnee to discuss the...
article Tribes start casino gambling negotiations with Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's attorney general began casino gambling negotiations with more than two dozen tribal nations on Monday, but the sides remain locked in a...

10/27/2019

article Former governor Brad Henry says current tribal gaming compact dispute ultimately 'won't be good' for Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Former Gov. Brad Henry on Friday said he is concerned that a dispute between the tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt concerning gaming compacts could wind up in...

10/24/2019

article Oklahoma Tribal Operators Claim Racetracks License Renewal Gives Them Upper Hand in Compact Talks
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal casino operators in Oklahoma may have been handed a lifeline in their clash with Republican Governor Kevin Stitt over upcoming compact...
article OKLAHOMA VIEWPOINTS: Win-win on gaming is goal for tribes
(Oklahoma) -- We could soon learn whether a dispute between the governor and Oklahoma’s Indian tribes will end amicably and quickly, or drag out for some time to come....

10/21/2019

article Oklahoma governor plans to renegotiate state’s casino revenue share
(Oklahoma) -- Since the tribes got the exclusive right to open casinos, Native American gambling has become a bigger economic factor in Oklahoma than in any other state...

10/19/2019

article ICYMI: In Oklahoma, governor tests power of tribal gambling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s history is so deeply intertwined with the 39 Native American tribes located there that the state’s creation in 1907 was celebrated...
article EDITORIAL: Win-win on gaming is goal for Oklahoma tribes [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- We could learn in eight days whether a dispute between the governor and Oklahoma’s Indian tribes will end amicably and quickly, or drag out for some...

10/18/2019

article Lawyer says action by Horse Racing Commission bolsters argument that tribal gaming compacts automatically renew
(Oklahoma) -- Two Indian gaming experts say recent action by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission bolsters the position of the tribes that their gaming compacts with the...
article Oklahoma officials to meet with tribes for gambling talks
(Oklahoma) -- Native American tribes in Oklahoma will meet with state officials to discuss clashing views on the tribes' gambling agreement. Republican Gov. Kevin...

10/17/2019

article OK governor and Native American tribes disagree over gambling revenue split
(Oklahoma) -- An agreement between Oklahoma and the Native American tribes to expand gambling 15 years ago has resulted in an economic boon for both.
article Tribes to meet with attorney general on compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is scheduled to meet with leaders of Oklahoma Indian tribes in Shawnee on Oct. 28 to discuss differing...

10/15/2019

article In Oklahoma, governor tests power of tribal gambling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's history is so deeply intertwined with the 39 Native American tribes located there that the state's creation in 1907 was celebrated with...

10/11/2019

article Modoc Nation reveals plans for upgrades to Stables Casino
(Oklahoma) -- The Stables Casino has been in Miami for 20 years and as time has passed representatives say it was time for a fresh look. The goal of these changes are in...

10/10/2019

press release BILL MILLER: Point of View: Gaming is many things for Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s gaming industry is one of the state’s largest economic engines. It supports more than 75,000 jobs — 4% of Oklahoma’s...

10/9/2019

article Oklahoma tribal leaders continue to call for clarity on compact renewal
(Oklahoma) -- In a joint resolution issued at the end of August, the leaders of 34 Oklahoma tribal governments said that although they are willing to consider any...

9/29/2019

article CITY SENTINEL: Informed Observations on the Tribal Gaming Compact(s)
(Oklahoma) -- In Oklahoma, smaller Indian tribal governments and members do not reap (and have never reaped) the economic benefits of legalized gaming – or any other...
article Letter to the Editor: Stitt needs to leave the tribes alone
(Oklahoma) -- I voted for Gov. Kevin Stitt, and I expected him to do a lot of good things for Oklahoma. But trying to make up the state’s shortage of money by...

9/25/2019

article Tribal gaming has had more than a $9.5bn economic impact in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Following a successful 25th edition of the OIGA Conference and Trade Show, Casino Review spoke to Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association chairman Matthew...

9/18/2019

article Oklahoma AG Hires Michigan Law Firm to Advise on Controversial Tribal Compact Renegotiation
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s attorney general Mike Hunter has hired the services of Michigan-based law firm Dykema as the state prepares to begin a hugely complex...

9/17/2019

article Comanche Leader Slams Okla. 'Saber Rattling' In Gaming Row (sub req)
(Oklahoma) -- The Comanche Nation’s chairman said the gaming compact between Oklahoma and the tribal nation will automatically renew at the end of 2019 despite Gov...
article It Took Awhile, But Oklahoma Opens Golden Mesa Casino
(Oklahoma) -- It started to feel like the Golden Mesa Casino in Guymon, Okla., would never open, but that is no longer the case. The Golden Mesa Casino recently had its...
article OP/ED: Stitt story left some details out
(Oklahoma) -- I just read the story in the Tulsa World about Kevin Stitt, and what a story (“’He dreams big, but he delivers’: How Oklahoma Gov. Kevin...

9/16/2019

article Oklahoma AG Hires Dykema Gossett to Represent the State in Gaming Talks
(Oklahoma) -- Mike Hunter, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, has agreed to pay Dykema Gossett up to $250,000 to represent the state in negotiations with Oklahoma-based...
press release Landmark Aristocrat jackpot in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Aristocrat’s renowned $uper Hit$ Jackpot$ awarded its landmark 50th jackpot when a player hit it on the 777 Bourbon Street game at Riverstar Casino...

9/15/2019

article Oklahoma AG hires outside attorneys on gambling negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's attorney general has agreed to pay a Michigan law firm up to $250,000 to help represent the state in negotiations with Oklahoma-based Native...

9/14/2019

article Public records: Osage, Comanche tribes cited 2019 expiration in seeking new gaming compact negotiations with previous governor
(Oklahoma) -- The leaders of the Osage and Comanche nations appeared to be singing a different tune about gaming compacts in communications with previous governor Mary...

9/13/2019

article Oklahoma AG hires Michigan law firm to aid state in gaming talks
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has hired a Michigan-based law firm to assist the state in renegotiating the tribal gaming compacts. Hunter finalized...

9/11/2019

article THE OKLAHOMAN: No blinking from Stitt on compacts
(Oklahoma) -- In a dispute that has seen terse exchanges, Gov. Kevin Stitt insists there’s nothing personal in his desire to renegotiate Indian gaming compacts....

9/10/2019

article Meacham: Stitt could convince Legislature to outlaw horse racing gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s governor could force tribes to the negotiating table if he can convince lawmakers to outlaw gaming at horse race tracks by year end, the...

9/7/2019

article Cole says gaming compact dispute could wind up in court
(Oklahoma) -- The conflict between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Indian tribes over gaming compacts could wind up at a federal agency and then a federal court, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole...
article Meacham: Stitt could force tribes to negotiate gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s governor could force tribes to the negotiating table if he can convince lawmakers to outlaw gaming at horse race tracks by year end, the...
article Dueling media campaigns show divide between tribes and state on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- As Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma’s Native American tribes clash on renegotiating the tribal gaming compacts, dueling public relations campaigns...
article Letter to the Editor: Oklahoma tribal policy cannot be compared to other states
(Oklahoma) -- Whenever American Indian policy is discussed, including our state's present negotiations with 31 tribes covered by the state's gambling compact,...

9/6/2019

article LETTER: Tribal casinos shouldn't have monopoly
(Oklahoma) -- Editor, Daily Press: In her Sept. 5 column, Kathy Tibbits argues that casinos and their operators, who receive billions, “don’t owe Oklahoma a...

9/4/2019

article From sovereignty to sportsbook: Gaming negotiations affect ‘shared citizenry’
(Oklahoma) -- More than 30 sovereign tribal nations that have gaming compacts with the state of Oklahoma are willing to discuss changes to exclusivity fees, but they are...

9/3/2019

article 'Stand firm': Choctaw chief reiterates gaming stance at annual address
(Oklahoma) -- Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton is standing firm on the gaming compact with the state. Batton said he and other tribal leaders across the...
article An Editorial: Fresh Thoughts on Why Kevin Stitt is (Still) right on the Compact
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt apparently remains determined to renegotiate gaming compacts in Oklahoma. Because that is the case, leaders of the large tribes...

8/30/2019

article ICYMI: Tribal leaders doubling down on battle over gaming agreement
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders are doubling down on their stance after Governor Kevin Stitt said he wanted to renegotiate the state’s tribal gaming agreement....
press release Spotlight on WinStar World Resort & Casino
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's WinStar World Resort & Casino is the home of the World Long Drive Championship (airing Sept. 3-4 on Golf Channel), but for those of us...

8/29/2019

article Tribal leaders doubling down on battle over gaming agreement
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders are doubling down on their stance after Governor Kevin Stitt said he wanted to renegotiate the state’s tribal gaming agreement....
article Tribal leaders willing to accept changes to gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders of 34 separate tribal nations in Oklahoma say they're willing to reconsider how much they pay the state for some casino games, but first want...
article Tribes to Gov. Stitt: Acknowledge automatic renewal of gaming compacts before trying to renegotiate
(Oklahoma) -- Several tribes have told Gov. Kevin Stitt that he must first recognize the automatic renewal of gaming compacts before negotiations can begin, according to...
article Tribes to Stitt: 'We still have some fundamental differences in our positions'
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s Native American tribes will not meet next week with Gov. Kevin Stitt to negotiate the tribal gaming compacts because “fundamental...

8/27/2019

article Point of View: Stitt needs positive next move in gaming effort
(Oklahoma) -- As a Native American, I find troublesome Gov. Kevin Stitt’s recent approach to renegotiating gaming compacts. Working with the tribes presents a true...

8/25/2019

article OUR VIEW: Costs of renegotiating gaming contracts too high
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt might want to pull back and rethink his decision to call for the renegotiation of gaming compacts with tribal governments — this is...

8/24/2019

article Letter to the Editor: Desire to change casino fees is all about the money
(Oklahoma) -- So Gov. Stitt says his demand to renegotiate the gaming compacts with Oklahoma's tribal governments "has nothing to do with revenue." When...
article Letter to the Editor: Don't raise the casino exclusivity fees
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Stitt wants to raise the amount tribes must pay for what he calls a monopoly on gaming. At the same time, he wants to keep the monopoly, calling...

8/23/2019

article Busey: Oklahoma is Native America – Our tribal economic advantage
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma was Indian Territory long before statehood. Our state’s name stems from Choctaw words, “okla” and “humma,” meaning...

8/22/2019

article Oklahoma Casinos Look Into Possibility Of Adding Sports Betting
(Oklahoma) -- Whether its football, or basketball, even tennis - every day across the country, millions of dollars change hands, all dependent on what happens between...

8/20/2019

article Chickasaw Nation Reacts To Governor's Compact-Renegotiation Insistence
(Oklahoma) -- This week on Mitchell Talks, the News 9 Sessions, Episode 44, Aaron Brilbeck and Scott Mitchell talk with Stephen Greetham, Senior Council for the...
article Face-off over gaming compacts amps up as tribes launch campaign
(Oklahoma) -- The back-and-forth between the Oklahoma governor and Native American tribes over gaming compacts appears to be amping up. Some tribes have launched a multi...

8/17/2019

article Despite 'warmer' letter to tribal leaders, Stitt's position on gaming compacts remains unchanged
(Oklahoma) -- In an effort to kick-start negotiations, Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday sent a letter to tribal leaders suggesting both sides put aside their disagreement...
article Face-Off Over Gaming Compacts Amps Up, as Tribes Launch Marketing Campaign
(Oklahoma) -- The back-and-forth between the Oklahoma governor and Native American tribes over gaming compacts appears to be amping up: Some tribes have launched a multi...

8/15/2019

article Stitt pushes tribes for Sept. 3 meeting on 'shared vision of gaming in Oklahoma'
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt is pushing for gaming talks to begin Sept. 3, after backing away somewhat from his position that compacts with Oklahoma's Native...

8/14/2019

article Stitt hopes to renegotiate gaming compacts despite opposition from tribal leaders
(Oklahoma) -- Despite pushback from Oklahoma tribes, Gov. Kevin Stitt appears resolute in his desire to renegotiate gaming compacts and get a better deal for the state.

8/12/2019

article Batton: Stitt’s call to renegotiate tribal gaming compact misguided
(Oklahoma) -- Recently Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt published an op–ed, signaling his intention to open negotiations on the gaming compacts many tribes have with...
article Lawmakers urge collaboration in gaming compact negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma legislators have been hesitant to wade into the the debate over the state’s tribal gaming compacts, which has Gov. Kevin Stitt at odds with many...
article OP/ED: Stitt right to seek review of casino fees
(Oklahoma) -- In discussions of tax policy, the issue of “fairness” often arises. So here’s a simple question. Is it fair to impose a larger tax...

8/10/2019

article Choctaw chief ready to defend tribe's position
(Oklahoma) -- Chief Gary Batton says he's open to negotiating with Gov. Kevin Stitt in regard to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma's Tribal Gaming Compact with the...
article ANALYSIS: Expert says gambling compacts need to better address addiction
(Oklahoma) -- The debate over renegotiation of Oklahoma’s gaming compacts with tribal governments has centered on the rates paid by tribes and the impact of...

8/9/2019

article Cherokee Nation chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. says tribes united against Gov. Kevin Stitt's push to renegotiate gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The incoming principal chief of the Cherokee Nation says there is a “great deal of solidarity among tribes” resolute against Gov. Kevin Stitt...

8/8/2019

article Free Market Friday: Casino fees merit review
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt rightly wants to renegotiate Oklahoma’s gaming compacts. Significant advantages – including virtual exclusivity or monopoly of...
article EDITORIAL: Help is available for gambling addiction
(Oklahoma) -- If you live in Oklahoma, you probably know someone with a gambling problem. It might even be you. Gambling is like alcohol, cigars, rich foods and rock...

8/6/2019

article CARTER: Tribal stances on gaming-fee increase contrast with past tax-increase position
(Oklahoma) -- In 2018, officials with the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma were among those endorsing the “Step Up...

8/4/2019

article Oklahoma tribal leaders unite in gaming compacts stance
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders of 29 Oklahoma tribal nations have sent a letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt saying they believe the current compacts governing tribal casinos in the state...

8/3/2019

article LETTER: Indian gaming compacts were poorly written
(Oklahoma) -- I frequent the local casinos on a regular basis so I do not object to casino gaming. However, it should be clear that the gaming revenue (approximately $5...
article LETTER: Reason for sports book gaming
(Oklahoma) -- There is only one reason to allow Indian casino sports books in Oklahoma: $450 billion bet with offshore sports books every year. All things equal, money...

8/2/2019

article Capitol Insider: Gov. Stitt Weighs In On Tribal Gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal gaming negotiations got off to a rough start last month. Now, Gov. Stitt is responding to pushback and explains why he thinks tribes should pay more...
article COMMENTARY: Tribal Casino and Gaming Compacts getting renewed attention
(Oklahoma) -- In 2004 Oklahoma entered into casino and gaming compacts with all federally recognized tribes in the state to operate and profit from casinos and gaming in...
article OP/ED: Tribal Casino and Gaming Compacts getting renewed attention
(Oklahoma) -- In 2004 Oklahoma entered into casino and gaming compacts with all federally recognized tribes in the state to operate and profit from casinos and gaming in...
press release Sac and Fox Nation Business Committee Passes Resolution Regarding Tribal-State Gaming Compact
(Oklahoma) -- The Business Committee of the Sac and Fox Nation unanimously voted to pass a resolution that states the Nation will not request to renegotiate the terms of...

7/31/2019

article Casino points gambling addicts in right direction
(Oklahoma) -- It has become increasingly easy for Americans to gamble away their money, as casinos continue to pop up and online gaming has offered a way to take a...

7/30/2019

article POWELL: Don't raise Oklahoma's casino tax
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt has indicated a desire to renegotiate the tribal gaming compacts, which expire next year, to increase the exclusivity fee paid to state...

7/29/2019

article Inter-Tribal Council responds to Stitt’s letter on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- With the exclusive Indian gaming compact with the state coming up for renewal in 2020, officials for several Oklahoma-based tribes were dealt a surprise on...
article Tribes Unify As Stitt Tries To Renegotiate Gaming Compact
(Oklahoma) -- Twenty-nine tribal leaders sent a letter to Gov. Stitt saying they “stand united” when it comes to Oklahoma’s Gaming Compact. The letter...

7/28/2019

article Legal expert says Stitt mistaken on tribal gaming fees assessment
(Oklahoma) -- An American Indian law expert says Gov. Kevin Stitt is using incorrect figures to make a case for renegotiating the state’s tribal gaming compacts....

7/26/2019

article Capitol Insider: OIGA's Matthew Morgan On Tribal Gaming Negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt announced his intention to renegotiate Oklahoma's gaming compacts, the agreements governing Indian gaming in the state, through an op-...
article CHIEF BAKER: Tribal governments ensure Oklahoma’s success
(Oklahoma) -- In a recent op-ed, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt called for a renegotiation of the highly successful tribal gaming compacts, government-to-government...
article Oklahoma Tribal leaders send letter to Governor Stitt over Gaming Compact
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders from all over Oklahoma sent a formal letter to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Friday regarding the Gaming Compact. The letter addresses...
article Oklahoma tribes say they don't have to renegotiate gaming contracts but are willing to listen
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders of 29 Oklahoma Indian tribes notified Gov. Kevin Stitt in writing Friday that they believe they’re under no obligation to renegotiate the...

7/25/2019

article Bill John Baker: Tribal governments ensure Oklahoma’s success
(Oklahoma) -- In a recent op-ed, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt called for a renegotiation of the highly successful tribal gaming compacts, government-to-government...
article How much Oklahoma? Governor demands a record share of tribal casino revenues
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican, expressed his desire to raise the fees charged to tribal casinos in the state demanding a share that would be...
article Oklahoma tribes united against plan to hike exclusivity fees
(Oklahoma) -- The majority of the casino-operating tribes in Oklahoma are reportedly united in their antagonism towards a recent call from the state’s new...
article Place your wagers: Will sports betting come to Oklahoma through new tribal compacts?
(Oklahoma) -- Sixty years ago, if someone in downtown Tulsa wanted to bet on a football game, he — always a he; women weren’t allowed — walked into the...
article Tribal leaders standing strong against higher gaming fees
(Oklahoma) -- A situation between state and tribal leaders is becoming tense as both sides argue about higher gaming fees. Currently, Native American tribes pay the...

7/24/2019

article Oklahoma Tribes Will Send Gov. Stitt a Letter About Proposed Gaming Compact Renegotiation
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribes are presenting a united front on gaming compact renegotiations proposed by Gov. Kevin Stitt. Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman...
article Tribal gaming 101: What you need to know about Oklahoma tribal gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Earlier this month, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he wanted to renegotiate the state’s tribal gaming compacts. The governor said he believed that the...

7/23/2019

article Indian gaming official says tribes united in opposition to compact renegotiation
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s Indian tribes are unified in their opposition to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s attempt to renegotiate their gaming compacts, one of the state...
article Oklahoma Governor Seeks to Renegotiate Tribal Gaming Contract
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is attempting to renegotiate the state’s tribal gaming contract that is set to expire in 2020. Tribal leaders have said...

7/22/2019

article New water park creates uptick in hotel stays, more jobs for Otoe-Missouria Tribe
(Oklahoma) -- Managers of the 7 Clans First Council Casino & Hotel in Newkirk take pride in the property being the first resort casino with an indoor water park in...

7/21/2019

article Oklahoma tribal leaders denounce governor’s gambling plan
(Oklahoma) -- The leaders of five of Oklahoma’s most powerful tribal nations have approved a resolution denouncing the new Republican governor’s plan to...

7/20/2019

article Tribal gaming 101: What you need to know as tribal gaming becomes a topic of significant debate
(Oklahoma) -- Earlier this month, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he wanted to renegotiate the state’s tribal gaming compacts. The governor said he believed that the...
article Tribal leaders united against Stitt gaming plan
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt recently announced his intention to renegotiate gaming compacts with Indian tribes in the state, and tribal leaders are...

7/19/2019

article New study shows tribe contributions to State of Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- New studies released indicate Oklahoma Tribes contributed almost $13 billion to the state in 2017. Tribal Chief of Wyandotte Nation Billy Friend say it...
article Study pinpoints tribal Impact in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal nations were reported to contribute a staggering $12.9 billion into the Oklahoma economy according to data delivered at the Oklahoma Tribal Finance...
article Study: Tribes' impact on state nearly $13 billion in 2017
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribes had a $12.93 billion economic impact to the state in 2017, according to a study published this week. The report was commissioned eight...
article Governor Stitt seeks renegotiation on Tribal Gaming Compact
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is giving tribes less than 5 months to renegotiate the 15-year Tribal-State Gaming Compact. Set to renew on January 1, 2020,...
article Oklahoma governor, tribes clash over casino gaming revenue
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders with Oklahoma's powerful Native American tribes are voicing frustration with the state's Republican governor after they say he caught them...

7/18/2019

article STEVE FAIR: The sweetheart deal is over
(Oklahoma) -- The 15 year Indian gaming compact negotiated by former Gov. Brad Henry and State Treasurer Scott Meacham with the tribes is set to expire in January 2020.
article Stitt moves to renegotiate the state’s casino gambling pact
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to renegotiate the gambling compacts between the state and the tribal governments. The compacts expire January 1, 2020. Some tribal...
article Native American tribes boost Oklahoma's economy by almost $13 billion
(Oklahoma) -- A new study shows Oklahoma tribes boosted the state's economy by almost $13 billion in 2017. That includes money to build, expand and repair roads, like $...
press release JCM Global Brings Decades of Oklahoma Gaming Expertise to the OIGA Conference & Trade Show
(Oklahoma) -- JCM Global has been committed to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming market since its inception, and now JCM is bringing its decades-long expertise to the OIGA...
press release AGS Demonstrates Commitment To Tribal Gaming At The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Trade Show July 22-24; Orion Upright Makes Its OIGA Premier
(Las Vegas) -- AGS (NYSE: AGS) (or the "Company") today announced that it will exhibit at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Conference and Trade Show July 22-24 at the Cox...

7/17/2019

article THE OKLAHOMAN: Compact dispute a test for Oklahoma governor, tribes
(Oklahoma) -- In a dispute over whether the state’s gaming compacts with Oklahoma’s tribes should be renegotiated, each side believes it has the stronger...

7/16/2019

article EDITORIAL: Stitt should be careful when treading on casino pacts
(Oklahoma) -- Today is National Lottery Day. For a tiny handful of people, the designation has positive connotations. For others, the association is a negative one....
article Kiowa leader: Find other solutions to increase state revenues
(Oklahoma) -- Following a letter by Gov. Kevin Stitt to the Tulsa World on July 8 regarding renegotiation of state gaming compacts, the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma Chairman...
article OKLAHOMA GOP: The sweetheart deal is over
(Oklahoma) -- The 15-year Indian gaming compact negotiated by former Gov. Brad Henry and State Treasurer Scott Meacham with the tribes is set to expire in January 2020....
article Tulsa to welcome ‘the biggest little show in Indian Gaming’
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association will host its annual conference and trade show in Tulsa from July 22 to 24. Described by the association as ‘...

7/15/2019

article Okla. Tribes Fight Renegotiation Of State Gambling Compact (sub req)
(Oklahoma) -- The leaders of Oklahoma's Five Civilized Tribes have come together to oppose Gov. Kevin Stitt's call to renegotiate the gambling compact between 33...

7/14/2019

article MATT MORGAN: Some things to keep in mind as Oklahoma and 31 tribes consider the future of gaming in the state
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal gaming in Oklahoma began more than three decades ago with simple bingo halls situated in retrofitted buildings. Today, 31 tribal nations operate 131...
article Oklahoma tribal leaders denounce governor’s gambling plan
(Oklahoma) -- The leaders of five of Oklahoma’s most powerful tribal nations have approved a resolution denouncing the new Republican governor’s plan to...

7/13/2019

article BLOG: Compact negotiations figure to be interesting
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt is off to a rough start in trying to renegotiate the state's gaming compacts with Indian tribes. Stitt sent letters to 35 tribes...
article Gov. Stitt responds to Inter-Tribal resolution
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma is comprised of 39 federally recognized tribes and roughly 4 million people, and I was elected to give a fresh eye to all agreements, laws, and...
article Inter-Tribal Council: 'We are resolute in our position'
(Oklahoma) -- The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (ITC) provided a unified, formal and firm response to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s recent...
article Oklahoma Governor and Tribes Don’t Agree on Tribal Gaming Tax
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma governor is trying to strike a new bargain with the state’s tribal casino operators, which will see them contribute more to the state’...
article Tribes committed to existing terms of gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations pledged their commitment on Friday to continuing a tribal-state compact...

7/12/2019

article Oklahoma gov wants new tribal gaming compacts, tribes say no
(Oklahoma) -- Kevin Shift, the governor of Oklahoma, doesn’t believe the Native Indian tribes in the state are playing nicely and feels that they should give up...
article Oklahoma tribal leaders clash with Stitt over gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to renegotiate the state's gaming compact with native tribes by the end of the year. The compact currently allows the state to...
article Oklahoma tribal leaders denounce governor’s gambling plan
(Oklahoma) -- The leaders of five of Oklahoma's most powerful tribal nations have approved a resolution denouncing the new Republican governor's plan to force...
article Oklahoma's Five Tribes reject Stitt's call to renegotiate gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- In a show of unity, leaders of Oklahoma’s Five Civilized Tribes on Friday backed the state’s current gaming compacts and rejected Gov. Kevin...
article Tribal leaders speak out against renegotiating tribal gaming agreement
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders are responding after Governor Kevin Stitt said he wanted to renegotiate the state’s tribal gaming agreement. Officials say Native...

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