Oklahoma Compact Stand-Off Seems Set For Courtroom

As the stand-off continues between Oklahoma’s governor and Indian tribes over the state’s gaming compacts, the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) remains confident that a court would agree the compacts automatically renew at the beginning of the year.

“I can’t speak to anything that may happen in the future regarding litigation,” Matthew Morgan, chairman of the OIGA, said.

“I know that we’ve been clear with the state on our position, and that we are confident in our legal reading of the compact.”

Currently, 35 of the state’s 38 federally-recognized tribes offer casino gaming under compacts and are unified in their position that the agreements automatically renew on January 1, 2020 if an agreement cannot be reached on new terms.

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