August 12, 2019 Casino, Tribal, Legal

OIGA Executive Director: 29 Tribes have signed letter to Oklahoma Governor

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Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Executive Director Sheila Morago has told Gaming America the ball is in Governor Kevin Stitt’s court when it comes to a new tribal compact with the state.

Governor Stitt recently surprised tribal leaders by suggesting current terms – where tribes pay between 4% and 10% of net revenue – should be reconsidered, now that they generate far more revenue than when the compact was originally formed.

In the tribal view however,  the existing compact is automatically renewed for another 15 years if there is no agreement on new terms from either side.

According to Morago, tribal leaders have sent Governor Stitt a letter signed by 29 tribes – who are most certainly not in agreement with his suggestions.

Morago told Gaming America: "I call it a little push and a little push back. Right now, the tribes are caught a little off guard with Governor Stitt’s position.

"We’re united in terms of our belief the compact is renewed for another 15 years if we can’t come to an agreement.

"Even if we did want to negotiate, there are only two sections of the compact that are negotiable. The reading of the compact is very clear; if it’s not broken, don’t fix it."

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