Oklahoma Tribes Cite Pandemic For More Than $33m Decline In Exclusivity Fees

  • Oklahoma tribes pay $122.94m in exclusivity fees for fiscal year 2019/20, down from $148m last year
  • Exclusivity fees were projected to be between $155m and $165m before COVID-19
  • Wichita and Affiliated Tribes evaluating next steps in claims of state exclusivity violations

The closure of casinos operated in Oklahoma by 35 federally-recognized tribes due to the coronavirus pandemic caused exclusivity fees paid to the state to decline by between $33m and $43m in the most recent fiscal year, the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) said Monday.

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