Oklahoma Tribes Reject Governor's Threat To 'Terminate' Gaming Compacts

The leaders of five of Oklahoma’s most influential tribal nations are opposed to a threat by Governor Kevin Stitt to terminate their compacts next year without an increase in the revenue paid annually to the state, a proposal one tribal advocate called a “surprise.”

“The one word we would use is surprise,” said Matthew Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA). “We weren’t surprised by the request to increase the exclusivity fees …  but the argument the compacts terminate as of January 1 was a new one.”

At issue is whether the tribal gaming compacts agreed to in 2004 expire on January 1, 2020, or automatically roll over.

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