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Oklahoma Received $70M from Indian Gaming 2007

March 9, 2008

The Tulsa World reported: "Oklahoma received $70.4 million in 2007 from Indian gambling compacts or "exclusivity fees," state records show.

"The figure is more than triple the $21.5 million collected in 2006 and matches estimates made in 2004, when a state question was approved allowing the state to enter into compacts with gambling tribes.

"In 2005, only about $8.2 million was collected.

"The Chickasaw Nation led state Indian tribes in 2007 for revenue payments with $18 million, according to Office of State Finance records. The Choctaw Nation was second with $16.5 million, and the Cherokee Nation came in third with $11.5 million.

"State Treasurer Scott Meacham said it is likely that up to a 50 percent increase in those payments could result if the National Indian Gaming Commission were to approve proposed regulations that would reclassify noncompacted Class II -- or bingo-based -- games into compacted Class III games, or slot machines..."

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