Four tribes filed a federal lawsuit over the approval of two new gaming compacts signed in April.

The Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation and Citizen Potawatomi Nation filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson and Otoe-Missouria Tribal Chairman John Shotton.

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A U.S. District Court judge ruled against Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Tuesday in the dispute over tribal gaming compacts.


The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Governor Kevin Stitt did not have the authority to enter into gaming compact agreements with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation. The compacts have been ruled invalid.


Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that he signed two new gaming compacts with the United Keetoowah Band Of Cherokee Indians and the Kialegee Tribal Town. The compacts were signed Wednesday and sent to the U.S. Department of Interior for approval.

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 Sac and Fox Nation announced on Monday that two of their casinos would be temporarily closed.

The Nation received news that one of their gaming employees tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, they are taking precautionary measures by closing the Black Hawk Casino in Shawnee and the Sac and Fox Casino in Stroud.

Both casinos will be cleaned and disinfected. No opening date has been set.

The Osage Nation will close their 41-year-old Head Start program at the end of June due to budget constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear said the Nation could face a $16 million budget shortfall after casinos were closed for two months.

By default, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the federal agency that governs agreements between states and tribes, has approved the gaming compacts Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt entered into in April with the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved gaming compacts Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt entered into with two tribes in April.

The 45-day deadline for the Department of the Interior to approve the gaming compacts between Stitt and the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe ended on June 7. The department took no action, which means the agreements can take effect once they're published in the Federal Register.

Casinos in Las Vegas and other Nevada cities can reopen next Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus forced the gaming industry to shut down more than two months ago, Gov. Steve Sisolak says. The state plans to revive its gaming industry nearly a week after it starts Phase 2 of its reopening this Friday.