Oklahoma Governor Sets Date For Compact Negotiations With Tribes

Governor Kevin Stitt wants negotiations with Oklahoma’s Native American tribes on a new gaming compact to start next month but tribal officials are wary about any changes to the agreement that allows the operation of casino games in exchange for giving the state a percentage of their revenue.

In July, the governor wrote a letter saying the tribal gaming compacts would expire on January 1, 2020, if no new deal had been reached. The tribes strongly disagree with the governor’s position.

Last week, Stitt sent tribes another letter taking a lighter tone but still asking for gaming talks to begin September 3. As of Monday, it remained unclear how many tribal leaders would take the governor up on his offer to hold talks.

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