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Oklahoma Supreme Court Denies Rehearing Of Tribal Gaming Case

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signs a gaming compact with Comanche Nation on April 21, 2020.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in July the gaming compacts Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt entered into with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Comanche Nation were invalid.

Stitt requested a rehearing of that petition but in a 5-1 ruling on Monday, members of the Oklahoma Supreme Court denied that request.

House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat filed a lawsuit and successfully argued the Governor exceeded his authority in signing the agreements in April.

Matt Morgan, the Chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, says tribes and the state have a process to resolve differences.

"And if there's needing to be any amendment between those parties, how to go about that," Morgan said. "Unfortunately, Governor Stitt has not followed that at all and just brought chaos to the situation."

In a statement, Stitt said the state doesn't have the final say on gaming compacts.

Another lawsuit is pending on two other agreements Stitt signed with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Kialegee Tribal Town.


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Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's worked for PRX's The World, Colorado Public Radio as the climate and environment editor and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.
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