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Tribes to meet with attorney general on compacts

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is scheduled to meet with leaders of Oklahoma Indian tribes in Shawnee on Oct. 28 to discuss differing interpretations of a renewal provision within the state’s tribal gaming compacts. “We’re anxiously awaiting what their proposal is,” Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton said Thursday.

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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...

3/25/2020

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

3/24/2020

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

3/23/2020

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

3/21/2020

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

3/19/2020

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

3/18/2020

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

3/17/2020

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

3/16/2020

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

3/14/2020

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

3/11/2020

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

3/10/2020

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

3/9/2020

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

3/7/2020

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

3/6/2020

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

3/3/2020

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

3/2/2020

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

2/29/2020

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

2/28/2020

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

2/27/2020

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

2/26/2020

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

2/25/2020

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

2/24/2020

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

2/23/2020

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

2/22/2020

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

2/21/2020

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

2/20/2020

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

2/19/2020

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

2/18/2020

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

2/17/2020

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

2/16/2020

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

2/15/2020

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

2/14/2020

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

2/13/2020

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

2/12/2020

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

2/11/2020

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

2/10/2020

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

2/8/2020

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

2/7/2020

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

2/6/2020

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

2/4/2020

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

2/3/2020

article A record 26 million Americans will wager estimated $6.8B on Super Bowl LIV
(Oklahoma) -- Approximately 3 million more American adults say they will wager on this year’s Super Bowl than last year, according to data released by the American...

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