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Two New Gaming Compacts Go Into Effect In Oklahoma

left to right: Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John Shotton, Governor Kevin Stitt, and Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson during the compacts signing in April 2020.

Despite pending lawsuits in both state and federal court, two new gaming compacts will go into effect.

On Monday, the Department of Interior published the agreements in the Federal Register for compacts signed at the end of April between the state of Oklahoma and the Comanche Nation, and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe.

The compacts were deemed approved on June 8, but that was due to the federal government taking no action within the 45-day window allowed by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Under the new agreements, both tribes will pay an exclusivity fee of 4.5 percent on Class III games — slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette — at existing casinos. If new casinos are built, the fee increases to 6 percent.

Allison Herrera covered Indigenous Affairs for KOSU from April 2020 to November 2023.
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