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Oklahoma Casinos | Updates 2020

Most Indian Casinos in the Nation

Oklahoma has more Indian casinos than any other state in the nation.

143 Indian Casinos and Indian Gaming Centers

Oklahoma has 33 tribes operating 143 Indian casinos and gaming centers located across 50 Oklahmoa counties.

These 143 gambling locations include Class III casinos with vegas-style gambling, Class II casinos with no-banker electronic gaming, travel plazas with slot machines, and smoke shops with Indian gaming.

Oklahoma Indian gaming is the state's second largest industry. It is also the largest Indian gaming revenue in the country after California. Revenues from Indian gaming and casino construction in 2017 was $7.2 billion.

Oklahoma casinos are ranked 1 through 10 based on total number of slot machines, table games, and square footage of the gaming floor.


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Oklahoma Casino Games

All Indian gaming is governed by the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Interior.

Casinos are built on tribal land or off-reservation land that has been placed in trust with the federal government. Prior to construction each tribe must negotiate a gaming compact with the state defining the games played at the casino, operating hours, and the share the revenue paid to the state.

OKLAHOMA ALLOWED GAMES

  • SLOT MACHINES - Oklahoma allows two types: Class II which is player-banked, and Class III which is house banked. Class III is referred to as Vegas-style slots.

  • CARD GAMES - Blackjack, Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride and Three Card Poker.

  • CRAPS & ROULETTE - Authorized in April 2018. Effective in late 2018.

  • OTHER - Bingo, Off-Track Betting

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Click on any of the Oklahoma counties on the map below to find local casino information, or scroll below the map to search an alphabetical listing of counties and their casinos.

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County List of Oklahoma Casinos

ATOKA COUNTY

Choctaw Stringtown 'Route 69' Casino
895 North Highway 69
Stringtown, Ok 74569
580-346-7862

Choctaw Casino - Atoka Travel Plaza
1302 South Mississippi
Atoka, OK 74525
Phone Number: (580) 364-0056

Choctaw Casino - Stringtown Travel Plaza
P.O. Box 250
Stringtown, OK 74569
Phone Number: (580) 346-7874

BLAINE COUNTY

Lucky Star Casino Canton
301 N.W. Lake Road
Canton, Oklahoma 73772
(580) 886-2490

Lucky Star Casino Watonga
1407 South Clarence Nash
Watonga, Oklahoma 73772
(580) 623-7333

BRYAN COUNTY

Choctaw Casino Resort Durant
3735 Choctaw Road
Highway 69/75
Durant Oklahoma 74701
(580) 920-0160

Choctaw Casino - Durant Travel Plaza (East)
3733 Choctaw Road
Durant, OK 74701
Phone Number: (580) 920-2186

Choctaw Casino - Durant Travel Plaza (West)
4305 Choctaw Road
Durant, OK 74701
Phone Number: (580) 931-8872

CADDO COUNTY

Casino Oklahoma
220 East Cummins Road
Hinton, OK 73047
(405) 542-4200

Gold River Casino
31064 South Highway 281
Anadarko, OK 73005
(405) 247-4700

Golden Eagle Casino
115 West Evan Ave
Apache, OK 73006
(580) 588-3630

Sugar Creek Casino
5304 N. Broadway Avenue
Hinton, Oklahoma 73047
(405) 542-2946

CANADIAN COUNTY

Lucky Star Casino Concho
7777 North Highway 81
Concho, Oklahoma 73022
(580) 262-7612

Lucky Star Casino Concho Travel Center
7751 N Highway 81
Concho, OK 73022
(405) 422-6500

CARTER COUNTY

Black Gold Casino
288 Mulberry Ln
Wilson, OK 73463
(580) 668-4415

Gold Mountain Casino
1410 Sam Noble Parkway,
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401
(580) 223-3301

CHEROKEE COUNTY

Cherokee Casino Tahlequah (2019)
Cherokee Springs Plaza
Highway 62
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464
(918) 207-3600

CHOCTAW COUNTY

Choctaw Casino Grant
North of Paris, Texas
Highway 271 South
Hugo, Oklahoma 74738-9802
(580) 326-8398

Choctaw Casino - Grant Travel Plaza
2381 E 2120 Road
Grant, OK 74738
Phone Number: (580) 326-7595

Choctaw Casino - Hugo Travel Center
1908 W. Jackson Street
Hugo, OK 74743
Phone Number: (580) 317-9109

CLEVELAND COUNTY

Goldsby Gaming Center
1038 West Sycamore Road
Norman, Oklahoma 73072-9801
(580) 329-5447

Riverwind Casino
1544 West State Highway 9
Norman, Oklahoma 73071
(405) 322-6000

Thunderbird Casino Norman
15700 East State Highway 9
Norman, OK 73071
(580) 360-9270
(800) 259-5825

Thunderbird Casino Shawnee
2025 South Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, OK 74801
(405) 273-2679

COMANCHE COUNTY

Apache Casino Hotel
2315 E. Gore Boulevard
Lawton, OK 73502
580-248-5905

Comanche Nation Casino
402 Southeast Interstate Drive
Lawton, Oklahoma 73501
(580) 354-2000
(866) 354-2500

Comanche Spur Casino
9047 US Highway 62
Elgin OK 73538-9748
(877) 806-1177

COTTON COUNTY

Comanche Red River Casino
Rt 1 42K
Devol, OK 73531
(877) 849-3992
(580) 250-3060

Comanche Star Casino
263171 Highway 53
Walters, OK 73572
(877) 844-0228

Kiowa Casino and Hotel
SH 36 East 1980 Road
Devol, Oklahoma 73531
(580) 299-3333
(866) 370-4077

Kiowa Casino Carnegie
198131 Hwy 36
Devol, OK 73531
Phone Number: (580) 654-1818

Numunu Pahmu Travel Plaza/Casino
Route 1 Box 3315
Devol, OK 73531
Phone Number: (580) 299-3445

CREEK COUNTY

Creek Nation Casino Bistow
121 West Lincoln
Bristow, Oklahoma
74010-3428
(918) 367-9168

CUSTER COUNTY

Lucky Star Casino Clinton
101 North Indian Hospital Road
Clinton, Oklahoma 73601
(580) 323-6599

Lucky Star Casino Hammon
20413 Hwy 33
Hammon, OK 73650
Phone Number: (580) 473-2010

DELAWARE COUNTY

Cherokee Casino Grove
Highway 59 and East 250 Road
Grove, OK

Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs
2416 Highway 412
West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma 74338
(800) 754-4111

Grand Lake Casino
24701 South 655th Road
Grove, Oklahoma 74344-4012
(918) 786-8528
(800) 426-4640

GARVIN COUNTY

Jet Stream Casino
2001 West Airline Road
Pauls Valley, OK 73075
(405) 331-2500

Washita Casino
30639 HWY 145
Paoli, OK 73074
(405) 484-7778

GRADY COUNTY

Kiowa Casino Verden
33165 County Road 2740
Verden, OK 73092
(405) 453-7242

Saltcreek Casino
1600 U.S. 81
Pocasset, OK 73079
(405) 459-4000

HASKELL COUNTY

Choctaw Casino Stigler
1801 East Main
Stigler, OK 74462
(918) 967-8364

HUGHES COUNTY

Creek Nation Casino Holdenville
211 East Willow Street
Holdenville, OK 74848
(405) 379-3321

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Riverstar Casino
11801 E 2160 Road
Terral, Oklahoma 73569
855-RIVERST
855-748-3778

JOHNSTON COUNTY

Tishomingo Tobacco and Gaming
1200 W. Main
Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460
(580) 371-3373

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KAY COUNTY

7 Clans First Council Casino Hotel
12875 North Highway 77
Newkirk, OK 74647
580-448-3863

7 Clans Gasino Chilocco
12501 N. HWY 77
Newkirk, OK 74647
(580) 448-3210

7 Clans Paradise Casino
7500 Highway 177
Red Rock, Oklahoma 74651
(580) 723-4005
(877) 777-7426

Kanza Casino
Kanza Travel Plaza
9695 North Highway 177
Braman, OK 74632

Native Lights Casino
12375 North Highway 77
Newkirk, OK 74647
(877) 468-3100

Osage Casino Ponca City
73 North City View Road
Ponca City, OK 74604
(580) 765-2973

Rock & Brews Casino Resort (future)
Braman, Oklahoma 74632

Southwind Casino Braman
9695 North Highway
Braman, Oklahoma 74632
580-385-2440

Southwind Braman II combined with Braman
c/o Southwind Casino
Newkirk, OK 74647
Phone Number: (580) 385-2444

Southwind Casino Newkirk
5640 North LaCann Drive
Newkirk, Oklahoma 74647
(580) 362-2578
866-KAW-BINGO

Tonkawa Hotel and Casino
16601 W. South Ave.
Tonkawa, OK 74653
877-648-2624
580-628-2624

Tonkawa Casino (Gasino)
P.O. Box 220
Tonkawa, OK 74653
Phone Number: (580) 628-2624

LE FLORE COUNTY

Choctaw Casino Pocola
3400 Choctaw Road
Pocola, Oklahoma 74902-0429
(800) 590-5825
(800) 590-LUCK

Choctaw Casino - Pocola Travel Plaza
3402-1 Choctaw Road
Pocola, OK 74902
Phone Number: (918) 436-7824

Choctaw Casino - Poteau Travel Plaza
4105 N. Broadway St.
Poteau, OK 74953
Phone Number: (918) 649-0273

Heavener Travel Plaza
505 N Hwy 59
Heavener, OK 74937
Phone Number: (918) 653-3769

LATIMER COUNTY

Choctaw Casino - Wilburton Travel Plaza
902 West Main
Wilburton, OK 74578
(918) 465-9675

LINCOLN COUNTY

Ioway Casino
338445 E. Highway 66
Chandler, OK 74834
(405) 547-5352

Sac and Fox Nation Casino - Stroud
356120 E, 926th Rd
Stroud, Oklahoma 74079
(918) 968-2540

LOGAN COUNTY

Cimmaron Bend Casino
201 E. Main St.
Coyle, OK 73027
(405) 466-9765

LOVE COUNTY

Border Casino
22953 Brown Springs Road
Thackerville, OK 73459
(580) 276-1727

WinStar World Casino
Exit 1 & I-35
Thackerville, OK 73459
(800) 622-6317
(580) 276-4229

Chickasaw Travel Stop-Ada Gaming West
2020 Lonnie Abbott Blvd.
Ada, OK 74820
Phone Number: (580) 310-0900

MARSHALL COUNTY

Madill Gaming Center
902 South First Street
Madill, Oklahoma 73446-3842
(580) 795-7301

Kingston Casino Resort (Planned)
Lake Texoma
Kingston, Oklahoma

Texoma Casino
HC 68 Box 13
Kingston, OK 73439
(580) 564-6000

McCLAIN COUNTY

Newcastle Casino
2457 Hwy 62 Service Road Exit
Hwy 62 & I-44
Newcastle, OK 73065
(580) 387-6013

Newcastle Travel Center
235 NW 24th Street
Newcastle, OK 73065
Phone Number: (405) 387-6013

McCURTAIN COUNTY

Choctaw Casino Broken Bow
1790 South Park Drive
Broken Bow, Oklahoma
(580) 584-5450

Choctaw Casino - Broken Bow Travel Plaza
1800 South Park Drive
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Phone Number: (580) 584-5528

Choctaw Casino Idabel
1425 Southeast Washington
Idabel, Oklahoma 74745-3447
(580) 286-5710
(800) 634-2582

Choctaw Casino - Idabel Travel Plaza
2449 Washington Street
Idabel, OK 74745
Phone Number: (580) 286-2596

McINTOSH COUNTY

Creek Nation Casino Checotah
830 North Broadway
Checotah, Oklahoma 74426-1103
(918) 473-5200

Creek Nation Casino Eufaula
806 West Forest Ave
Eufaula, Oklahoma 74432
(918) 689-9191

MURRAY COUNTY

Artesian Hotel, Casino, Spa
1001 W. 1st Street
Sulphur, OK 73086
(855) 455-5255

Chickasaw Travel Stop - Davis
12218 Hwy. 7 West
Davis, Oklahoma 73030
(580) 369-5360

Treasure Valley Casino
12252 Ruppe Rd.
Davis, Oklahoma 73030
(580) 369-2895

MUSKOGEE COUNTY

Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson
103 N. Georgetown Rd.
Ft. Gibson, OK 74434
(918) 207-3593

Creek Nation Casino Muskogee
3420 West Peak Blvd.
Muskogee, OK 74403
(918) 683-1825

Creek Nation Travel Plaza - Muscogee
PO Box 1249
Muskogee, OK 74401

NOWATA COUNTY

Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville
1506 N. Hwy 169
South Coffeyville, OK 74072
(918) 255-4200

NOBLE COUNTY

7 Clans Casino Perry
511 Kaw Streeet
Perry, OK 73077
(580) 336-7260

7 Clans Gasino Red Rock
8401 N. Highway 177
Red Rock, OK 74651
(580) 723-4362

7 Clans Paradise Casino
7500 Highway 177
Red Rock, Oklahoma 74651
(580) 723-4005
(877) 777-7426

Fancy Dance Casino (2018)
8651 Quail
Perry, OK 73077
580-713-4400

OKFUSKEE COUNTY

Creek Nation Casino Okemah
1100 S. Woody Guthrie
Okemah, OK 74859
(918) 623-0051

Golden Pony Casino
109095 Okemah St
Okemah, OK 74859
(918) 560-6199

OKMULGEE COUNTY

Creek Nation Casino Duck Creek
10071 Ferguson Rd
Beggs, OK 74421
(918) 267-3468

Creek Nation Travel Plaza - Okmulgee
P.O. Box 790
Okmulgee, OK 74447

One Fire Casino
1901 N. Wood Dr.
Okmulgee, OK 74447
(918) 756-8400

OSAGE COUNTY

Osage Casino Hominy
39 Deer Avenue
Hominy, OK 74035
(918) 885-2990

Osage Casino Pawhuska
2017 East 15th Street & Hwy 99
Pawhuska, OK 74056
(918) 287-1072

Osage Casino Project Pawhuska
Highways 99 and 60 Intersection
Pawhuska, OK

Osage Casino Sand Springs
301 Blackjack Drive
Sand Springs, OK
(918) 699-7723

Osage Casino Skiatook
6455 West Rogers Boulevard
Skiatook, OK 74070
(918) 699-787

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OTTAWA COUNTY

Bordertown Casino & Arena
129 West Oneida Street
Wyandotte, OK 74370
918-666-9401

Bordertown Outpost Casino
69701 East 100 Rd.
Wyandotte, OK 74370
(918) 666-6770

Buffalo Run Casino
1000 Buffalo Run Blvd
Miami, OK 74354
918-542-7140

Downstream Casino
69300 East Nee Road
Quapaw, OK 74363
918-919-6000

High Winds Casino
61475 East 100 Road
Miami, OK 74354
(918) 541-9463

Indigo Sky Casino
70220 East HWY 60
Wyandotte, OK 74370
(888) 992-SKY1
(918) 666-8702

Lucky Turtle Casino
64499 E. Highway 60
Wyandotte, OK 74370
(918) 678-3768

Prairie Moon Casino
202 S Eight Tribes Trail
Miami, OK 74354
(918) 542-8670

Prairie Sun Casino
3411 P Street NW
Miami, OK 74354
918-541-2150

Quapaw Casino
58100 East 66th Road
Miami, Oklahoma 74354
(918) 540-9100

River Bend Casino
100 Jackpot Place
Wyandotte, OK 74370
(918) 678-4946
(866) 447-4946

The Stables Casino
530 H Street Southeast
Miami, Oklahoma 74354-8224
(877) 774-7884
(918) 542-7884

PAWNEE COUNTY

StoneWolf Casino
54251 S. 349 Road
Pawnee, OK 74058
918-454-7777

PAYNE COUNTY

Cimarron Casino
West Freeman Avenue
Perkins, Oklahoma 75809
(405) 547-5552

Iowa Tribe of OK Bingo
335600 E. 760 Road
Perkins, OK 74059
Phone Number: (405) 547-5352

Ioway Travel Plaza Casino
821 W. Freeman Ave
Perkins, OK 74059
Phone Number: (405) 547-1512

TeePee Casino
28314 E 6th St
Yale, OK 74085
(918) 387-2222

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PITTSBURG COUNTY

Choctaw Casino McAlester
1638 S. George Nigh Expressway
McAlester, OK 74501
(918) 423-8161

Choctaw Casino Too - McAlester Travel Plaza
1640 S George Nigh Expressway
McAlester, OK 74501
Phone Number: (918) 426-6404

PONTOTOC COUNTY

Ada Gaming Center
1500 North Country Club Road
Ada, Oklahoma 74820-1862
(580) 436-3740

Chickasaw Travel Stop - Thackerville Gaming
2020 Lonnie Abbott Blvd.
Ada, OK 74820
Phone Number: (580) 276-4706

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POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY

Black Hawk Casino
42008 West Tech Road
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804
580) 275-4700

FireLake Casino
41207 Hardesty Road
Shawnee, OK 74801
(405) 878-4862

FireLake Golf Clubhouse
1901 Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, OK 74801
Phone Number: (405) 275-4471

Grand Casino Hotel Resort
777 Grand Casino Boulevard
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804
Casino: (405) 964-7263
Hotel: (405) 964-7777

Kickapoo Casino Harrah
25230 East Highway 62
Harrah, OK 73045
580-964-7861

Kickapoo Casino Shawnee
38900 W. MacArthur Dr.
Shawnee, OK 74804
(405) 395-0900

Kickapoo Casino - Travel Plaza
25230 E Hwy 62
Harrah, OK 74851
Phone Number: (405) 964-6073

PUSHMATAHA COUNTY

Choctaw Casino - Antlers Travel Plaza
1319 W Main Street
Antlers, OK 74523
Phone Number: (580) 298-1001

SEMINOLE COUNTY

Seminole Nation Casino
11277 Old State Hwy 99
Seminole, OK 74868
(405) 217-0176

Rivermist Casino
14313 Old Hwy 99
Konawa, OK 74849
(405) 217-017

Wewoka Trading Post Casino
36625 Hwy 270
Wewoka, OK 74884
(405) 217-0176

SEQUOYAH COUNTY

Cherokee Casino Roland
205 Cherokee Boulevard
Roland, OK 74954
(800) 256-2338

Cherokee Casino Sallisaw
1621 W. Ruth Street
Sallisaw, OK 74955
Tel: (800) 256-2338

STEPHENS COUNTY

Chisholm Trail Casino
7807 North Highway 81
Duncan, OK 73533
(580) 255-1668

TEXAS COUNTY

Golden Mesa Casino
2469 Mile 28 Rd
Guymon, OK 73942

TULSA COUNTY

Hard Rock Casino Tulsa
777 West Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK 74015
(918) 384-7800
(800) 760-6700

Catoosa Smoke Shop
777 West Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK 74015
Phone Number: (918) 266-6775

Osage Casino Tulsa
951 West 36th Street North
Tulsa, OK 74127
(918) 699-7614

River Spirit Casino
8330 South Riverside Drive
Tulsa, OK 74137
918-299-8518
800-299-2738

Roland Travel Plaza
777 W. Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK 74015
Phone Number: (918) 427-2653

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Cherokee Casino Ramona
31501 US Highway 75
Ramona, OK 74061
(918) 535-3800

Osage Casino Bartlesville
222 Allen Road
Bartlesville, OK 74003
(918) 335-7519

Osage Casino Project Bartlesville
US Highway 60 two miles west of city
Bartlesville, OK

News Articles

Oklahoma Supreme Court denies rehearing on two tribal compacts

September 20, 2020

On Sep. 15 the Oklahoma Supreme Court voted 5-1 to deny a rehearing requested by Gov. Kevin Stitt regarding the gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouri Tribe. The same court ruled July 21 the two compacts were "invalid under Oklahoma law."

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) responded immediately to the court's decision:

"The Oklahoma Supreme Court denied Gov. Stitt's request for a rehearing of the petition filed by the pro tem and speaker, after declaring the agreements Gov. Kevin Stitt entered into with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Comanche Nation were invalid and unlawful. This denial of a rehearing further underscores that Gov. Stitt's go-it-alone approach is not legal nor helpful in moving state-tribal relationships forward."

- Chairman Matthew L. Morgan, OIGA Chairman

The governor's office also responded quickly with a reference to federal court:

"The validity of these compacts is now before the federal district court in Washington, D.C.," said. "The ruling in that case will determine the validity of the compacts under federal law."

- Baylee Lakey, Communication Director for Stitt

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U.S. Department of Interior approves KTT and UKB compacts

August 22, 2020

This week the U.S. Interior Department approved two state-tribe gaming compacts recently signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt with the Kialegee Tribal Town (KTT) and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB).

A state-level decision on the validity of the two compacts is currently pending in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The new compacts increase the fee rate paid to the state by the casinos on Class III gaming revenues from 6% to a high of 13%. Neither compact includes sports betting.

Official statement from Brian Givens, Kialegee Mekko:

"The Kialegee Tribal Town would like to thank Governor Kevin Stitt, his administration, the Great State of Oklahoma and the U.S. Department of Interior for the good faith in producing our new gaming compact. This compact, which was approved by operation of law, will allow the Kialegee Tribal Town the same opportunities others have had and could improve the economic landscape for the Tribal Town and tribal members. As an agreement between two sovereign entities, I see this act of good faith in continuing our relationship with the State of Oklahoma and look forward to future dialogue to improve our local communities."

Official statement from Chief Joe Bunch, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians:

"It is a great day as we prepare to partner with the State of Oklahoma in this Class III gaming compact that will be good for Logan County, the State and the United Keetoowah Band. Our compact will help provide much needed resources to our tribe and surrounding communities as we continue to develop a robust economy and exercise our tribal sovereignty."

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Gov. Stitt's four recent tribal compacts in final peril

August 10, 2020

Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Compacts

Four Oklahoma tribes filed a lawsuit Aug 7 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Interior and Gov. Stitt alleging the April 2020 gaming compacts signed with the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe are a violation of federal law and therefore invalid under state law.

This lawsuit follows last month's ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that these two compacts are invalid. It was filed by the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Citizen Potawatomi Nations.

The lawsuit reads:

"This lawsuit seeks reversal of the Defendant Secretary's arbitrary, capricious, and unlawful 'no action' approval under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act."

In a news release, the attorneys for the plantiff tribes explained the purpose:

"While the Oklahoma Supreme Court has declared those agreements invalid under Oklahoma law, their validity under Federal law must also be addressed to avoid damage to the integrity of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act."

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and Kialegee Tribal Town Compacts

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat had asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to declare the UKB and Kialegee compacts invalid along with the Comanche and Otoe-Missouria compacts.

Last week attorneys for Gov. Stitt filed new documents with the Oklahoma Supreme Court contending the compacts signed with the UKB and Kialegee tribes should remain valid since they do not include the same provisions that the court objected to in the Comanche and the Otoe-Missouria compacts.

The new document filings say:

"(These gaming compacts) do not include sports betting or house-banked card and table games. The governor is vested with the authority to enter compacts which do not conflict with the STGA (State Tribal Gaming Act) and/or state criminal laws."

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Oklahoma Tribes win compact fight against Gov. Stitt in federal court

July 29, 2020

Yesterday a federal judge ruled in favor of the Oklahoma gaming tribes in their fight against Gov. Stitt over gaming compacts. The fundamental issue was whether or not the existing gaming compacts signed in 2004 renewed automatically last January 1st.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy DeGiusti determined the compacts have automatically renewed and rejected Gov. Stitt's argument that the compacts were expired and required new gaming revenuesto be negotiated.

Both parties in the lawsuit released statements shortly after the court ruling.

Matthew Morgan, chair of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association said:

"We appreciated that the court moved quickly to confirm - the plain language of our intergovernmental agreements mean what they mean, and here, those words mean our gaming compacts automatically renewed January 1, 2020."

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. added:

"Everything in our compact now remains the same, and we hope we can move forward and build a relationship built on respect with Gov. Stitt in the future."

Governor Kevin Stitt that confirmed his disappointment:

"It confirms my fears, and the fears of many fellow Oklahomans, that the State entered into a poorly negotiated deal and now we must bear the cost of this mistake. The federal court determined that the 2004 Gaming Compact auto renewed for 15 years because of an action taken by an agency's unelected board to reissue licenses for gaming at horse racing tracks."

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Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidates gaming compacts negotiated by Gov. Stitt

July 25, 2020

In a ruling this week the Oklahoma Supreme Court declared the gaming compacts that were recently signed by Gov. Stitt with the Otoe-Missouri Tribe and Comanche Nation are "invalid under Oklahoma law."

The court acknowledged that the Governor has legal authority to negotiate gaming compacts with federally-recognized tribes in Oklahoma; however, his authority has limitations.

In a 7-1 decision, the high court ruled that the Gov. Stitt overstepped his authority by granting new forms of gambling in both compacts that are not approved by the state legislature. The compacts include unauthorized sports betting and unauthorized house-banked table and card games. Without legislative approval, the state is prohibited from any revenues from these games.

"The tribal gaming compacts Gov. Stitt entered into with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes are invalid under Oklahoma law."

"The State of Oklahoma is not and cannot be legally bound by those compacts until such time as the Legislature enacts laws to allow the specific Class III gaming at issue, and in turn, allowing the governor to negotiate additional revenue."

- Oklahoma Supreme Court, July 21, 2020

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Oklahoma gaming compacts signed by UKB, Kialegee tribes

July 16, 2020

Two Oklahoma tribes have signed new gaming compacts with Gov. Stitt this month. United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB) signed July 1 and Kialegee Tribal Town (KTT) signed July 2. Both gaming agreements must next be approved by the U.S. Department of Interior.

At this time neither tribe owns a casino, and neither is a member of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA).

UKB Gaming Compact Summary

  • This is a 15-year gaming agreement between the State of Oklahoma and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB) ending December 31, 2035.

  • The UKB is authorized to operate a casino in Logan County at a site within one mile of a state or federal highway or turnpike.

  • The UKB casino can operate Class II and Class III gaming. Sports betting is excluded.

  • The UKB will pay taxes to the State of Oklahoma based on gross gaming revenues. (See below)

Kialegee Gaming Compact Summary

  • This is a 15-year gaming agreement between the State of Oklahoma and the Kialegee Tribal Town ending December 31, 2035.

  • The Kialegee are authorized to open a casino in Oklahoma County at a site east of Choctaw Road and within one mile of a state or federal highway or turnpike.

  • The Kialegee casino can operate Class II and Class III gaming. Sports betting is excluded.

  • The Kialegee will pay taxes to the State of Oklahoma based on gross gaming revenues. (See below)

Taxes

Both tribes will pay the state a percentage of its gross gaming revenues (GRR).

The tribes will pay 12% of its GRR from slot machines during the first two years after opening their casinos. At the beginning of the third year the rate on slot machines increases to 13% GGR under $300M, 14% GGR for $300M and $500M, and 15% GGR above $500M.

Both tribes will pay an 18% exclusivity fee on revenue from nonhouse-banked blackjack, poker, roulette, craps and other card and table games.

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Supreme Court rules that about half of Oklahoma land is Native American

July 10, 2020

In a landmark decision yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that about half of Oklahoma lies on Native American land. The Court sided with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation which claimed its reservation was not officially terminated when Oklahoma became a state on November 16, 1907.

US Supreme Court rules against Oklahoma in Creek Nation case
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Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion stating:

"Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law. Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word."

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation responded in a statement: "The Supreme Court today kept the United States' sacred promise to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of a protected reservation. Today's decision will allow the Nation to honor our ancestors by maintaining our established sovereignty and territorial boundaries."

This Supreme Court decision will have major consequences for past, present and future court cases in eastern Oklahoma including Tulsa.

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Sac and Fox casinos shut down again for COVID-19

June 23, 2020

Yesterday two Sac and Fox Nation casinos temporarily closed again for COVID-19 after an employee tested positive.

The twi Sac & Fox casinos are Black Hawk Casino in Shawnee, OK and Sac and Fox Casino in Stroud, OK.

Sac and Fox Nation made a brief statement that a comprehensive COVID-19 protection program exists at both casinos and the closures will allow time for performing deep cleaning and sanitization. Reopening dates hve not been announced.

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Comanche Nation reopens casinos

June 12, 2020

The Comanche Nation reopened both the Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton and the Comanche Red River Casino in Devol today after months of closure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On Monday June 15 the Comanche Spur Casino in Elgin will reopen at 10am and the Comanche Star Casino in Walters will reopen at 11am.

REOPEN DATECOMANCHE NATION CASINOS
June 12 8amComanche Nation Casino
Lawton, OK
Temporary hours 8am - 4am
June 12 8amComanche Red River Casino
Devol, OK
Temporary hours 8am - 4am
Hotel is closed until further notice.
June 15 10amComanche Spur Casino
Elgin OK
Will resume regular operating hours
June 15 11amComanche Star Casino
Walters, OK
Will resume regular operating hours
June 15Comanche Travel Plazas
comanche Nation Quick Stops
Will resume regular operating hours

Special health protocols will be practiced at all locations. All guests and workers must pass a temperature scan on entry and wear face masks. Smoking inside the buildings is prohibited.

For social distancing, every other gaming machine will be turned off and table games will be closed. Bars will be open without seating, and beverage service will be available. Restaurants will be temporarily closed.

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Cherokee Nation casinos reopen next week

June 4, 2020

After shutting down its ten casinos three months ago, the Cherokee Nation announced today the reopening dates for all locations. Three Cherokee casinos opened this week and the remainder wil be open next week.

The Cherokee casinos that reopened this week are:

June 1 Cherokee Casino Tahlequah
June 1 Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson
June 2 Cherokee Casino Sallisaw

Three more Cherokee Nation casinos will reopen:

June 10 Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs
June 10 Cherokee Casino Grove
June 10 Cherokee Casino Roland

These casinos will be open by the end of next week:

June 12 Hard Rock Casino Tulsa
June 12 Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs
June 12 Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville
June 12 Cherokee Casino Ramona

CASINO GAMING AREAS
Guests visiting a reopened Cherokee casino will find significant changes designed for safety and protection against the spread of COVID-19. The number of gaming machines and number of seats will be reduced to provide social distancing. Sanitizing wipes will be readily available for guests to wipe their machine and chair before playing.

RESTAURANTS
Seating capacity and group sizes will be reduced to provide social distancing. Tables and chairs will be sanitized after each use. Venue workers will wear gloves. Each guest will receive a new menu which will be disposed after use. All buffets and self-serve drink stations will be temporarily suspended.

ENTERTAINMENT
Live entertainment will be limited with no dancing with reduced seating for safe distancing.

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Oklahoma tribes reopened 43 casinos in May 2020

June 1, 2020

Several of the largest Oklahoma casinos reopened last month including Winstar World Casino, Riverwind Casino, Grand Casino Hotel Resort, Newcastle Casino and Osage Casino Hotel Tulsa.

The Oklahoma tribes that reopened their casinos in May are the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma , Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, Osage Nation, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Peoria Tribe of Indians in Miami, Sac & Fox Nation and Tonkawa Tribe.

The Oklahoma casinos that reopened in May 2020 are listed by date.

May 01 Tonkawa Casino and Hotel
May 02 7 Clans First Council Casino
May 07 7 Clans Chilocco Casino
May 08 Osage Casino Ponca City
May 11 Thunderbird Casinos Norman
May 11 Thunderbird Casinos Shawnee
May 14 7 Clans Perry Casino
May 14 7 Clans Red Rock Gasino
May 15 Black Hawk Casino
May 15 Buffalo Run Casino and Resort
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Canton
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Clinton
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Concho
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Concho Travel Center
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Hammon
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Watonga
May 15 Osage Casino Hotel
May 15 Osage Casino Bartlesville
May 15 Osage Casino Hominy
May 15 Osage Casino Pawhuska
May 15 Osage Casino Sand Springs
May 15 Osage Casino Skiatook
May 15 Sac and Fox Nation Casino - Stroud
May 15 StoneWolf Casino
May 27 WinStar World Casino
May 27 Riverwind Casino
May 27 Border Casino
May 27 Ada Gaming Center
May 27 Artesian Hotel, Casino, Spa
May 27 Black Gold Casino
May 27 Chisholm Trail Casino
May 27 Gold Mountain Casino
May 27 Goldsby Gaming Center
May 27 Jet Stream Casino
May 27 Kingston Casino Resort
May 27 Madill Gaming Center
May 27 Newcastle Casino
May 27 Riverstar Casino
May 27 Saltcreek Casino
May 27 Texoma Casino
May 27 Tishomingo Tobacco and Gaming
May 27 Treasure Valley Casino May 27 Washita Casino

The Choctaw Nation will reopen these casinos today June 1:

June 1 Choctaw Casino Resort Durant
June 1 Choctaw Casino Pocola
June 1 Choctaw Casino Grant
June 1 Choctaw Casino Broken Bow
June 1 Choctaw Casino Idabel
June 1 Choctaw Casino McAlester
June 1 Choctaw Casino Stringtown
June 1 Choctaw Travel Plaza Casinos Too! - Antlers, Atoka, Broken Bow, Durant, Grant, Heavener, Hugo, Idabel, McAlester, Pocola, Poteau, Stigler, Stringtown, and Wilburton

The Cherokee Nation has not yet announced opening dates, however the tribe has announced plans for health and safety practices in preparation for reopening.

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All Chickasaw Casinos reopen May 27

May 24, 2020

All Chickasaw Nation gaming facilities will reopen on Wednesday May 27 at 8 AM. Each facility will implement health policies and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include:

Temperature screenings at entrances will stop individuals from entering with temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher.

All guests and employees must wear face masks at all times.

Casino gaming floors will be limited to 25 percent of occupancy capacity

Every other chair will be removed in the slot machine area. Table games, poker, bingo and off-track betting will be temporarily closed

Restaurant chairs and table will be rearranged for safe social distancing.

The Chickasaw casinos include WinStar World Casino, Riverwind Casino, Border Casino, Ada Gaming Center, Artesian Hotel, Casino, Spa, Black Gold Casino, Chisholm Trail Casino, Gold Mountain Casino, Goldsby Gaming Center, Jet Stream Casino, Kingston Casino Resort, Madill Gaming Center, Newcastle Casino, Riverstar Casino, Saltcreek Casino, Texoma Casino, Tishomingo Tobacco and Gaming, Treasure Valley Casino and Washita Casino,

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24 Oklahoma Casinos reopen May 1-15

May 16, 2020

Twenty four Indian gaming casinos in Oklahoma have reopened after weeks of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list includes:

May 01 Tonkawa Casino and Hotel
May 02 7 Clans First Council Casino
May 07 7 Clans Chilocco Casino
May 08 Osage Casino Ponca City
May 11 Thunderbird Casinos Norman
May 11 Thunderbird Casinos Shawnee
May 14 7 Clans Perry Casino
May 14 7 Clans Red Rock Gasino

May 15 Black Hawk Casino
May 15 Buffalo Run Casino and Resort
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Canton
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Clinton
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Concho
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Concho Travel Center
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Hammon
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Watonga
May 15 Osage Casino Hotel
May 15 Osage Casino Bartlesville
May 15 Osage Casino Hominy
May 15 Osage Casino Pawhuska
May 15 Osage Casino Sand Springs
May 15 Osage Casino Skiatook
May 15 Sac and Fox Nation Casino - Stroud
May 15 StoneWolf Casino

Nearly 120 other Oklahoma Indian gaming locations have not reopened as of this date date.

More reopenings are expected this month, however, three major tribes, Chickasaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Cherokee Nation, do not plan to open before June 1. Choctaw Nation has announced all Choctaw Casino and Resorts should be open starting June 1, 2020.

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Oklahoma's legislative leaders say new tribal gaming compacts are "unauthorized and void"

April 24, 2020

On Tuesday, Gov. Stitt signed new gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe which drew immediate rebuke from the top two legislative leaders in Oklahoma.

Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall responded to the governor's actions in a letter Wednesday describing the two tribal gaming compacts as "unauthorized by law and void" without the approval of the Legislature.

Leaders Treat and McCall acknowledged the right of the governor to negotiate compacts, however any change in the types of casino gambling requires legislative approval. This includes sports betting. Their letter reminded the governor of the separation of powers, the Oklahoma Constitution and the state's Indian gaming statutes.

In separate statements both Treat and McCall agreed with Attorney General Hunter analysis that the compacts are not legally authorized under Oklahoma' Indian gaming laws because the governor.

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Oklahoma's Attorney General says new tribal gaming compacts are not legally authorized

April 23, 2020

Oklahoma AG Mike Hunter said in a written statement yesterday the new tribal gaming compacts signed between Gov. Stitt and the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe are 'not authorized' under the state Tribal Gaming Act.

"The governor has the authority to negotiate compacts with the tribes on behalf of the state. However, only gaming activities authorized by the act may be the subject of a tribal gaming compact. Sports betting is not a prescribed 'covered game' under the act."

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Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe agree to new compacts

April 22, 2020

The Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe have signed new gaming compacts with Gov. Stitt and the State of Oklahoma.


Under terms of the new compacts, both tribes can each build one new off-reservation casino. The Comanche Nation can build their casino within a mile of a state or federal highway running through Cleveland County, and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe can build their casino within a mile of a state of federal highway running through Payne County.

In addition both tribes can now offer additional casino games and sports betting.

Gov. Stitt said, "Each gaming compact has unique elements to include individual flat-rate gaming fees on Class III games and covered games. This new fee structure recognizes the dynamic nature of each tribe's market share, recognizing their geographic location and access to population centers."

The new compacts can be read online here: Comanche Nation Compact (PDF) and Otoe-Missouria Tribe Compact (PDF). Both compacts require final approval from the federal government.

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Oklahoma Tribes Reject Governor's New Offer

March 28, 2020

Oklahoma Tribes Reject Governor's New Offer

OIGA chairman Matthew Morgan said the governor was using the coronavirus casino closures to leverage his position against the tribes. He said

"The [offer] letter confirms the real intent of Governor Stitt is to destroy the tribal interest outlined in the existing compacts. The tribal leaders who received the letter reject the proposal as disrespectful and disingenuous."

"Now more than ever is the time for us to stand together."

Gov. Stitt's proposal calls for new compacts with a flat 5 percent tax on gambling revenues instead of the current 4-10 percent sliding scale. It also would authorize both the state and the tribes to offer sports gambling.

March 31st marks the end of three months since the dispute began between the governor and the tribes as to whether or not the compacts expired Jan. 1 or were automatically renewed.

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'All Oklahoma Indian Casinos are closed' says OIGA

March 23, 2020

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association announced today that all casinos owned by its member tribes have been temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement OIGA Chairman Matthew L. Morgan said:

"Nothing is of greater importance to the Tribes than the health and well-being of the citizens of their Nations and the citizens of Oklahoma. We always want to be good neighbors, and to lead by positive example. In making the decision to temporarily suspend our gaming operations, we are hopeful that we will have a positive impact on the health of Oklahomans."

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Oklahoma casinos respond to coronavirus

March 18, 2020

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association says all of its affiliated tribes have enacted special cleaning and disinfection programs to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Courtesy of KFOR.COM NEWS 4

FOR INFORMATION
The member tribes of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association are the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Cherokee Nation, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Natiob, Delaware Nation of Oklahoma, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Fort Sill Apache Tribe, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Kaw Nation, Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Osage Nation of Oklahoma, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Shawnee Tribe, Wichita & Affiliated Tribes and Wyandotte Nation.

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Oklahoma gaming compacts were unknowingly renewed by Gov. Stitt, says Tribes

February 22, 2020

In a federal court filing to join the lawsuit against Gov. Stitt over gaming compacts, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes claim the Governor unintentionally triggered the automatic renewal of Oklahoma's gaming compacts when he signed extension agreements with two tribes last December.

The extension agreements were "purported" to extend the compact "expiration date(s)" from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31 for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Kialegee Tribal Town.

Under the terms of the compacts, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes contend all compacts automatically renewed Jan. 1 if any "organization licensees or others are authorized to conduct electronic gaming in any form" at the time the compacts come up for renewal.

In their court filing Feb. 14 the tribes argued, "Gov. Stitt authorized the operation of electronic gaming in Oklahoma in any form on and after Jan. 1, 2020, nullifying any assertion against renewal for all compacting tribes".

The governor's communications director, Baylee Lakey, responded the next day. "All procedures concerning the two 8-month extensions were followed. We remain confident that the State has taken no action that triggers automatic renewal.

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes are a federally recognized tribe made up of Wichita, Keechi, Waco, and Tawakoni members.

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More Oklahoma tribes join gaming lawsuit

February 19, 2020

A federal judge has allowed more tribes to join the lawsuit against Gov. Stitt over renewal of the gaming compacts. The suit was originally filed Dec. 31 by the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes. They were joined by the Citizen Potawatomi and Muscogee (Creek) Nation in recent weeks bringing the total tribes to five. On Friday Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti of the Western District of Oklahoma approved seven more tribes to join the lawsuit.

The list of tribes now participating in the lawsuit against Gov. Stitt are the following:

  1. Cherokee Nation
  2. Chickasaw Nation
  3. Choctaw Nation
  4. Citizen Potawatomi Nation
  5. Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  6. Quapaw Nation
  7. Delaware
  8. Comanche
  9. Otoe-Missouria
  10. Ponca Tribe of Indians
  11. Seminole
  12. United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees

Another motion to join has been filed by the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and is pending a decision by the court.

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Quapaw Nation asks to join tribes in lawsuit over gambling compacts

February 18, 2020

After a federal judge last week ordered Gov. Stitt into mediation with five tribes suing over the renewal of gaming compacts, the Quapaw Nation has asked the judge for permission to join as the sixth tribe in the lawsuit.

"We were asked by the other tribes to intervene," said Chairman John l. Berrey of the Quapaw Nation. "Our expectation is that we'll get that motion at the first part of next week. The judge seems like he's trying to expedite this case, and we're ready to help out any way we can."

If the motion by the Quapaw Nation is accepted, the list of suing tribes entering mediation against the governor will be:

  1. Cherokee
  2. Chickasaw
  3. Choctaw
  4. Citizen Potawatomi
  5. Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  6. Quapaw Nation

The tribes are seeking a judicial declaration that the gaming compacts with the state automatically renewed on Jan. 1 for another 15 years. Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti of the Western District of Oklahoma ordered the Governor and the Tribes into mediation last week and set March 31 as the deadline for consensus.

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Oklahoma tribes backed by National Congress of American Indians in gaming compact dispute

February 12, 2020

The National Congress of American Indians, which is the nation's largest Native American organization, has announced its strong support for the Oklahoma tribes fighting Gov. Stitt over renewal of gaming compacts.

In the 18th annual State of Indian Nations address, President Fawn Sharp warned of a "direct threat to the sovereignty" of the Oklahoma tribes.

"The National Congress of American Indians, our delegates and members, we stand with those tribes that are facing a direct threat and annihilation to their sovereignty through this compact dispute," she said. "When the tribal nations succeed in putting the state of Oklahoma in its place, we will be standing right there with them."

NCAI Chief Executive Officer Kevin Allis added: "This is nothing new to Indian County, right? When the other side wants to breach their duty and responsibility in a contractual agreement? This is nothing new to the tribes in Oklahoma, and they're handling this just right."

This year's State of Indian Nations address was hosted by George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the National Congress of American Indians, visit its website at www.ncai.org

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Oklahoma Tribes and Governor ordered to mediation over gaming compacts dispute

February 10, 2020

A federal judge issued a mediation order Friday to Gov. Stitt and the five Oklahoma tribes filing the lawsuit over their gaming compacts dispute.

The order by Chief Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma was issued to the Governor, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations, Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

The tribes originally filed the suit Dec. 31 seeking affirmation that the gaming compacts automatically renewed for another 15 years on Jan. 1.

The court order specifies the following:

  • Both parties must submit a list of three potential mediators for quick selection by the court.

  • Within 21 days after the appointment of the mediator, both parties must submit a status report to the court.

  • Mediation should be completed by March 31.

  • The court-appointed mediator will have "the powers necessary to facilitate the parties' negotiation of a resolution to the issues raised in the lawsuit."

  • All parties are barred from disclosing details of the mediation without court approval.

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Muscogee (Creek) Nation becomes fifth tribe in lawsuit against Gov. Stitt

February 3, 2020

Last week the Muscogee (Creek) Nation became the fifth Oklahoma Tribes to join in the lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt over renewal of tribal gaming compacts. The lawsuit was originally filed by the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation joined last week followed by the Creeks.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill reiterated his tribe's position:

"We will continue to work with the state of Oklahoma, but the Muscogee (Creek) Nation will not be controlled or intimidated by the state. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation stands firm in our position on the gaming compact.?"

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is the fourth largest tribe in the country with 87,000 members. It owns eleven casinos in Oklahoma and generates nearly $900 million to the Oklahoma economy.

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Oklahoma House Speaker says tribal gaming compacts renewed - Senate Leader sidesteps issue

February 4, 2020

During a Capitol forum last Thursday, state leaders were asked about the tribal gaming compacts by The Associated Press.

HOUSE SPEAKER CHARLES McCALL

House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, believes the tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1. He said, "In my opinion, the compact has renewed for another 15 years."

Last December, Speaker McCall showed a 2004 document that said the compacts would automatically renew. "In review of the documentation, what we have to look at, I think it very much supports the auto-renew and that threshold has been met," McCall said.

SENATE PPRESIDENT PRO TEM GREG TREAT

Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, idoes not take a stand on whether the tribal gaming compacts automatically renew. He said, "I don't know if they do or don't. That is out of the hands of the Legislature."

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Oklahoma Gov. Stitt sues tribes to shut down Class III gaming

January 29, 2020

Gov. Stitt filed a lawsuit in federal court for an injunction against Class III Indian gaming, AKA Vegas-style gambling. The governor claims that tribal gaming compacts expired Jan.1 and continued gambling is illegal until the compacts are renegotiated.

Tribes disagree with the governor and insist the gaming compacts automatically renewed Jan. 1. The Chickasaw, Choctaw and Cherokee tribes filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 31 seeking confirmation of this position.

In response, Gov. Stitt filed his suit with these comments:

"Continuing to conduct class III electronic gaming in the absence of valid Gaming Compacts with Oklahoma has resulted, is resulting, and will continue to result, in unjust enrichment to the Tribes. Unjust enrichment will continue unless and until a new gaming compact is entered into by and between the Tribes and Oklahoma."

"Without an injunction, Oklahoma, as a State of the United States of America, will suffer irreparable harm because its sovereignty is not being recognized by the Tribes, who continue to unlawfully conduct class III gaming in the absence of valid and existing gaming compacts."

Mike McBride III, an attorney representing the tribes, feels the governor's lawsuit is a pressure tactic because he has no authority to shut down the casinos. The casinos will continue to operate as before and continue their payments to the state.

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Oklahoma Indian Gaming Compacts Enter Limbo Today Jan 1

January 1, 2020

Today is the critical date in the compact dispute and both sides are holding firm to their positions.

All Oklahoma Indian gaming compacts expired today. Did they automatically renew as the tribes believe? None were renegotiated with Gov. Stitt, and at the same time all tribal casinos are open and operating today.

Three Tribes File Federal Lawsuit

The Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Nations filed a federal lawsuit New Year's Eve Day seeking a court declaration that the compacts automatically renew. The suit seeks "to bring an end to the uncertainty Oklahoma Governor J. Kevin Stitt has attempted to cast over Tribal gaming operations."

The tribes cite Part 15 B. in their compacts, which states:

"This Compact shall have a term which will expire on January 1, 2020, and at that time, if organization licensees or others are authorized to conduct electronic gaming in any form other than pari-mutuel wagering on live horse racing pursuant to any governmental action of the state or court order following the effective date of this Compact, the Compact shall automatically renew for successive additional fifteen-year terms."

Other tribal leaders, such as Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief James Floyd, have expressed full support for the lawsuit.

Two Tribes Sign Compact Extensions

At the same time as the three tribes filed their lawsuit on New Year's Eve Day, two other tribes signed eight-month compact extensions with Governor Stitt. These were the Kialegee Tribal Town and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

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Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs resigns over Gov Stitt's compact position

December 27, 2019

Gov. Stitt and Oklahoma tribes completely disagree on the status of the current gaming compacts. The governor says they will expire Jan 1 and must be renegotiated, while the tribes insist they will automatically renew.

On Monday Gov. Stitt's top cabinet adviser on Native American issues resigned as a result of the compact conflict. Lisa J. Billy, Secretary of Native American Affairs, announced that she could no longer serve as the result of the governor's actions.

Lisa Billy's resignation letter stated:

"It has become increasingly clear you are committed to an unnecessary conflict that poses a real risk of lasting damage to the State-Tribal relationship and to our economy. You have dismissed advice and facts that show the peril of your chosen approach and have remained intent on breaking faith with the Tribes, both by refusing to engage with the compact's language and, more recently, by suggesting you would displace our Tribal partners with private, out-of-state commercial gaming operators".

Lisa Billy previously served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for District 42 from 2004 to 2016.

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Oklahoma orders tax audit on tribes during compact dispute

December 23, 2019

While Gov Stitt and Oklahoma tribes continue their dispute over gaming compacts, the state has notified tribes that tax audits will begin as early as Jan 2.

The office of Gov. Stitt released this statement today:

"The State is resuming audits of all casino operations in Oklahoma, a right provided in the gaming compacts. As stated in the letters to tribes, the scope of work will be for business activity between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. This reflects a period of time when the State had stopped conducting audits on casinos."

Can the timing of this audit be considered harassment? Matthew Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, responded:

"I don't know if it is harassment. I don't know if it is a new administration trying to determine its own path on how to accomplish duties and is unsure of the prior process. It seems like an odd time to come to a facility when the head of the executive department said the authority which they operate on expires Jan. 1."

Stephen Greetham, a senior counsel with the Chickasaw Nation, added:

"On first review, it seems to provide more proof the state does not understand the compact. Based on past practice, it marks an ill-advised departure from our previously good working relationship, but perhaps that isn't surprising, given the state of things."

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Oklahoma Tribes reject Gov. Stitt's call for extension

UPDATED Dec 19, 2019

WE STAND UNITED: OKLAHOM'S GAMING TRIBES
News video courtesy of TULSA WORLD TV<


December 18, 2019

Yesterday Gov. Stitt proposed extending the term of the current gaming compacts from Dec 31 to August 31, 2020. He said this will allow the Oklahoma Indian casino to legally continue operating Class III gaming while adding time to renegotiate the terms of revenues paid to the state.

Tribal leaders responded by disputing the govenor's position that the gaming compacts must be renegotiated by Jan 1.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby replied this way:

"Unlike contracts, compacts are solemn agreements between two sovereigns that remain in force until both parties agree otherwise," Anoatubby said in the prepared comments, noting that the tribes had received a legal opinion from a former solicitor general "that reinforces our confidence that the compacts automatically renew on January 1."

"We have honored the terms of the compact and intend to continue operating under that renewing agreement, and we expect the State to do the same".

Additional comments by Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., and Seminole Nation Chief Greg Chilcoat reiterated that the governor's insistance on renegotiations is totally unfounded.

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Oklahoma gaming compacts will be unresolved on Jan 1

December 17, 2019

Gov. Stitt and the Oklahoma Indian tribes have reached an impasse just 18 days before the tribal gaming compacts expire on Jan 1, 2020. The governor asserts the compacts will end Jan 1 and wants to renegotiate the revenue terms of the compacts, while the tribes insist the compacts automatically renew and any renegotiation is optional and must be mutually agreed to.

Today Gov. Stitt held a Capitol press conference and said:

"The state cannot reach an agreement that addresses the needs of every single tribe in the state in the next 18 days. That is obvious to me. But if we do not take action, all Class III gaming activity will be illegal on Jan. 1, 2020. This creates tremendous uncertainty".

The governor announced Attorney General Mike Hunter has withdrawn from the compact negotiations and the governor is now taking the single role as negotiator. He plans to hire and outside legal group to assist him.

The governor also proposed an eight-month extension to renegotiate the compacts. He said:

"To protect all the hard-working Oklahomans and the tribal members who are employed at more than 100 casinos across our great state, I am announcing today that the state of Oklahoma will be requesting tribal leaders to join me in signing an extension to the gaming compact," Stitt said at a Capitol news conference. "The language in this extension will allow each side who signs the extension to retain their legal position."

"I want business to continue as usual as we resolve this dispute," Stitt said at a Capitol press conference. "I want the banks, the alcohol vendors and the workers to have surety. [...] I also want to ensure that the revenues of the state that the state receives continue to be available to fund the state services that we provide to all Oklahomans".

"We do not want gaming to be illegal, and we do not want vendors to be operating illegally".

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Oklahoma gaming compacts will automatically renew says 2004 report

December 16, 2019

The 2004 Session Highlights Report prepared by the Oklahoma House of Representatives Research Division contains this statement:

"The compact[s] will expire Jan. 1, 2020, but will automatically renew for 15 years. The fees and penalties may be renegotiated at that time."

This statement targets the core issue in the dispute between Gov. Stitt and the 31 Oklahoma tribes operating Class III casinos under terms of these gaming compacts. The governor asserts the compacts expire Jan. 1, 2020 and must be renegotiated. The tribes disagree and say the compacts renew automatically whether they are renegotiated or not.

The 2004 report, a copy of the bill, and a bill summary were sent to members of the Republican House caucus by Speaker Charles McCall on Friday in response to member requests for more information.

Baylee Lakey, the Communications Director for Gov. Stitt made these comments regarding the 2004 report:

"Why would you have a termination date and then in the same breath say 'never-mind,' without any mention of events that would trigger a renewal? The only reasonable legal conclusion is no triggering events have occurred and therefore the compacts expire on Jan. 1, 2020."

The state legislature has no involvement in compact negotiations, however, members are watching in case there becomes a need for legislation or ratification of a deal.

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Oklahoma residents rank second in gambling

December 7, 2019

Oklahoma ranks second in the nation for the average amount spent annually on gambling by each resident. This finding is based on new data published by the American Gaming Association that includes all commercial and tribal gaming in the U.S.

Top Five States - Average Annual Gambling per Resident:

  1. Nevada: $3,928

  2. Oklahoma: $1,141

  3. Mississippi: $717

  4. Louisiana: $674

  5. Rhode Island: $620

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Gov. Stitt says commercial casinos interested if gaming compacts not renewed - Tribes respond

December 5, 2019

In what appears to be a new negotiating tact with casino tribes, Gov. Kevin Stitt mentioned earlier this week that some commercial casino operators are very interested in opening casinos in Oklahoma if a new deal is not reached on tribal gaming compacts.

Gov. Stitt says he has talked with commercial operators willing to sign an immediate deal to open casinos and pay a state tax of 18%. The governor said, "Let's open it to everybody. What is operating a casino worth to have exclusive right to do that?"

Tribes Respond

Oklahoma tribes disagree with the governor's view that gaming compacts expire Jan 1, 2020. They believe the compacts automatically renew.

Cherokee Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Tuesday that Gov. Kevin Stitt's suggestion of a commercial casino alternative would put $150 million per year in tribal exclusivity fees at risk. More than 130 tribal gaming operations in the state pay these exclusivity fees to the state. Hoskin added that tribes have spent billions of dollars building gaming facilities making the market highly competitive and saturated.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd said:

"For the state to actively recruit for-profit gaming corporations to compete with Oklahoma's tribal nations, it would require significant changes to our laws by members of the state Legislature".

"Furthermore, removing the exclusivity agreement with our tribes also effectively removes the constraints of a nation's boundaries on where a gaming facility may be constructed," Floyd said. "Gov. Stitt is potentially opening up all of Oklahoma for gaming on every corner of every neighborhood in any part of the state".

Matthew Morgan, the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman and Executive Officer for policy development and gaming for the Chickasaw Nation, is disappointed in the governor's comments. He said:

"Any commercial operator that is out of state isn't living here, isn't investing here, isn't working together hand in hand with local communities to better Oklahoma".

Stephen Greetham, senior counsel for the Chickasaw Nation, said:

"If commercial gaming were allowed, it would breach the compacts and result in a $150 million annual loss for the state in exclusivity fees".

"I don't know what to make of Gov. Stitt's public comments. They are all over the map".

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby commented:

"Tribes have invested millions of dollars in facilities and infrastructure, helping tribal gaming become an increasingly important engine for economic development across Oklahoma, and particularly in rural Oklahoma".

"Growth in tribal economic development has been a win-win for the state and tribes. It's a testament to what we can accomplish when we work together".

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Cherokee Nation drives $2.17B of Oklahoma's economy

November 26, 2019

Cherokee Nation has a major impact in the Oklahoma economy. The tribe added $2.17 billion to the state's economy last year according to a new study by Dr. Russell Evans, of the Economic Impact Group and Oklahoma City University.

While presenting the report, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said:

"A vibrant and strong Cherokee Nation is essential for northeast Oklahoma's long-term success. As our businesses grow more prosperous and create more jobs, our role in the state's economy expands as well. Our profits and the dollars we generate go directly to our people. We're now helping more Cherokees improve their lives, as well as the lives of their children and their grandchildren."

Summary of Key Findings (Last Fiscal Year)

Total Economic Impact $2,169,725,895
Total Wages and Benefits Paid $836,807,647
Total Jobs Supported 19,203
Total Direct Employment 9,663
Total State Gaming Fees $31.3 million

Health Services
1.32 million patient visits, 37,873 patient visits for eye care, 84,148 patient visits for dental care, 709 babies born at W.W. Hastings Hospital, 2.4 million prescriptions filled

Education Services
Scholarships to 4,537 students totaling $14.6 million, Funds to public schools from car tag sales $51 million since 2003

Capital Investments
New Outpatient Health Center - 469,000 square feet, New Cherokee Casino Tahlequah at Cherokee Springs Plaza, New OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation (opens 2020), New Cherokee Springs Plaza, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Expansion, New Housing: 747 new homes since 2013, mortgage assistance to 102 families, Transit Services: 53,854 passengers last year

Economic Impact by County
The study compiled data for each of the 14 counties where Cherokee Nation has economic activities.

ADAIR COUNTY
$68.6M impact, 954 jobs, $37.9M wages

CHEROKEE COUNTY
$300M impact, 6,380 jobs, $228.5M wages

CRAIG COUNTY
$14.1M impact, 312 jobs, $12.4M wages

DELAWARE COUNTY
$210.1M impact, 1,577 jobs, $61.5M wages

MAYES COUNTY
$105.6M impact, 727 jobs, $26.8M wages

MCINTOSH COUNTY
$2.8M impact, 28 jobs, $893,170 wages

MUSKOGEE COUNTY
$120.6M impact, 914 jobs, $39.3M wages

NOWATA COUNTY
$27.1M impact, 268 jobs, $11.4M wages

OTTAWA COUNTY
$3.1M impact, 37 jobs, $1.1M wages

ROGERS COUNTY
$433.6M impact, 2,724 jobs, $149.9M wages

SEQUOYAH COUNTY
$154.1M impact, 1,263 jobs, $51.3M wages

TULSA COUNTY
$673.7M impact, 3,542 jobs, $196.9M wages

WAGONER COUNTY
$8.8M impact, 81 jobs, $2.1M wages

WASHINGTON COUNTY
$46.7M impact, 396 jobs, $16,.8M wages

Cherokee Nation has published a website presenting this economic impact data. Visit www.cherokeenationimpact.com.

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Oklahoma tribes unanimously reject arbitration proposal

November 11, 2019

The dispute over casino gaming compacts continues between Gov. Kevin Stitt and 35 Oklahoma casino tribes. The governor says the existing compacts expire at the end of 2019, and the tribes say the compacts will automatically renew Jan. 1, 2020.

On Oct. 28 the Attorney General Mike Hunter met with 200 tribal leaders and representatives of the tribes. He proposed arbitration to resolve the dispute, however, the tribes unanimously objected. In a letter replying to AG Hunter and his proposal, the tribes reiterated their belief the compacts renew automatically and do not expire.

The current gaming compacts give the tribes exclusive rights to operate casinos in exchange for 4% and 10% of a casino's net revenue. The governor wants to negotiate a greater share of these gaming revenues for the state, and the tribes want to preserve their income for existing education, health and welfare programs for their members.

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Bordertown Casino will close down Dec 15

September 30, 2019

The Eastern Shawnee will close the doors of their Bordertown Casino and Arena in Wyandotte, Oklahoma on December 15. The tribe annouonced its decision after an extensive reassessment of its overall business plans. The high-stakes bingo operation will be relocated to Indigo Sky Casino & Resort on December 18.

PRESS RELEASE
Issued by the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
September 25, 2019

The tribe has reassessed Bordertown's place in its broader business plans and it has been decided to bring this chapter to a close and at this time there has been no future plans released for the facility.

Bordertown will continue to host bull events and great live entertainment through the end of November, after which guests can continue to enjoy free live music at ECHO Bar Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays. Bingo is slated to close on December 15 after the second session and will resume high stakes play on December 18th at Indigo Sky Casino.

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29 Tribal Nations Unite Against OK Gov

August 21, 2019

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association sent a letter July 26 to Governor J. Kevin Stitt and signed by leaders of 29 Oklahoma tribes. The letter unanimously opposed the governor's call to renegotiate the 2004 gaming compacts that expire Jan 1, 2020.

The letter reads, "We, the undersigned Tribal leaders, respectfully represent that we intend to stand united in response to your recent statement that the Gaming Compact will expire at the end of this year."

The letter continues to read as a statement of unity with emphasis on these points:

  1. The gaming compacts automatically renew on Jan 1, 2020.

    The letter reads, "They represent promises made by the State of Oklahoma and the Tribes. Promises we intend to fulfill now and in the future, and we expect the State to do the same."

  2. The current gaming rates paid to the state should not change.

  3. The Governor can call for renegotiation of rates, but without mutual agreement the rates remain unchanged and automatically renew.

  4. The governor should address his proposals to this group rather than to individual tribes.

    The letter reads, "We would ask that you send your proposal to each and every Tribe together so that we may consider any proposal as a unified body of tribal leaders."

The following are member tribes of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association as listed on the organization's website (www.oiga.org).

Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Shawnee, OK 73026
Cherokee Nation, Catoosa, OK 74015
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Concho, OK 73022
Chickasaw Nation, Ada, OK 74820
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, OK 74702
Citizen Potawatomi Nation,Shawnee, OK 74804
Comanche Nation, Lawton, OK 73501
Delaware Nation of Oklahoma, Anadarko, OK 73005
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Wyandotte, OK 74370
Fort Sill Apache Tribe, Lawton, OK 73502
Kaw Nation, Newkirk, OK 74647
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, McLoud, OK 74851
Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK 73018
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Miami, OK 74354
Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Okmulgee, OK 74447
Osage Nation of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK 74127
Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, Miami, OK 74355
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Pawnee, OK 74058
Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Miami, OK 74354
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Quapaw, OK 74363
Sac & Fox Nation, Shawnee, OK 74804
Shawnee Tribe, Miami, OK 74354
Wichita & Affiliated Tribes, Hinton, OK 73047
Wyandotte Nation, Wyandotte, OK 74370

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Five Civilized Tribes Reject OK Gov's Demand to Renegotiate Compacts

July 12, 2019

The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes today rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt's position that existing gaming compacts expire Jan 1, 2020 and must be renegotiated prior to that date.

The Five Tribes passed a resolution of unity affirming their position that gaming compacts automatically renew unless the state and tribes mutually agree to changes.

The leaders signing the resolution are (left to right) Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James R. Floyd, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton, Seminole Nation Chief Greg. P. Chilcoat, Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

A joint statement was also issued following the meeting of the Inter-Tribal Council. A portion of the statement says:

"The recent action of Governor Stitt puts into question his sincerity to work with us in a cooperative manner moving ahead. We are resolute in our position, and it is our hope Governor Stitt and his advisors will not attempt any bad faith interference on the compact which could set back the progress we have achieved by working together."

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OK Gov and Tribes Clash Over Compact Renewals

July 11. 2019

Courtesy of KFOR News 4, July 11, 2019

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has announced his intention to negotiate new gaming compacts with Oklahoma tribes, a move that surprised most tribal leaders. The current gaming compacts are scheduled to renew on January 1, 2020.

Gaming compacts are agreements with the state government granting exclusive gambling rights to individual Oklahoma tribes, and in return, the tribes pay the state between 4% and 10% of their net gambling revenues.

There is a basic disagreement between the governor and the tribes regarding the "renewal" terms of the compacts

The governor feels the compacts are 15 years old and deserve a "fresh look" based on today's gaming industry. He believes Vegas-style Class III gaming will end automatically on Jan 1 without renegotiation or court action.

The tribes disagree. They believe the compacts will automatically renew if both sides do not come to a new agreement.

Any compact changes require final approval from the federal government.

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Comanche case against Chickasaw casino is rejected by U.S. Supreme Court

May 28, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by the Comanche Nation seeking to block the Chickasaw Nation from building its Riverstar Casino at Terral in Jefferson County, OK.

The Comanche Nation case claimed the casino site was part of the Comanche's original reservation and was wrongfully taken into federal trust by the Secretary of Interior. The lies within 45 miles of the Comanche Red River Hotel and Casino at Devol.

The Supreme Court declined without comment to let stand a previous decision by U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Heaton ruled the Terral land is now within the Chickasaw reservation and the Commanche Nation shouldhave filed a case within the six-year statute of limitations for challenging the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1986.

The Chickasaw Nation began construction on the Riverstar Casino in May 2017. It opened March 1, 2018.

The Riverstar Casino is located on U.S. Highway 81 about two miles north of the Texas border.

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Will Creek Nation build a hotel in downtown Tulsa?

May 14, 2019

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is conducting a comprehensive evaluation of building a 400-600 room hotel.

The hotel would be built near the BOK Center. The current location under consideration is two acres across Denver Ave from the BOK Center. The address is 200 W. First St. which lies between First and Second streets.

The tribe's hotel project plan with conceptual drawings has been favorably received by city and county officials. If the project seems feasible, it will continue to develop it will eventually engage an architectural firm to prepare a conceptual design.

In recent years the Creek Nation has made significant investments in south Tulsa. These include the River Spirit Casino Resort, retail development on Riverside Parkway, and the revitalization of RiverWalk.

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Keetoowah Cherokee propose casino in Enid OK

September 17, 2018

There is a new casino project being proposed for Enid. The casino would be owned by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. However, the controversy is already starting due to gaming not being allowed in the city limits.

A meeting was held on Tuesday with representatives from the tribe and the Enid City Commission. During this meeting the city was told that the project will move forward regardless of having support or not from the city.

The property that the tribe wants to use will need to be taken into federal trust before the tribe can conduct any gaming. One of the steps needed for this to have approval for the project by the Oklahoma governor.

The tribe has expressed interest in obtaining support from the city on the casino project. Step one in the approval process will be getting support from the city commission. An application asking for land to be placed into trust also needs to be submitted to the Department of Interior. An environmental impact report will need have a study conducted to ensure that the project will be in compliance with the Environmental Policy Act.

The proposed casino would offer slot machines, blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette. The building would be 20,000 square feet.

Since tribal land is considered sovereign, the tribe can agree to pay the city a fee instead of paying taxes. Over ten years a monthly payment would be made to the city based on the revenue that was made from the casino. The city will also be given $12 million for infrastructure improvements. These agreements would be done as a way to show the city that the tribe is interested in being a good neighbor.

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Oklahoma craps and roulette by October 2018

July 26, 2018

The annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association was held this week in Oklahoma City. One of the topics of discussion was the future of gaming in the state.

Recently a law was approved that will allow for casinos to operate roulette and craps. It is estimated that tribal owned casinos will begin offering these games in October.

Supporters of the new gaming opportunities believe that it will help generate more revenue at the casinos. As well as attract more visitors to the area. The popularity of the games and not able to operate them in the state are believed to have kept many casino visitors away.

Compacts between the state and the tribes have been amended with nearly half of the tribes that own casinos. The Department of Interior will send final approval and then the games will be allowed to begin operation.

Many of the casinos have their preparations in place to start offering the games. They are only waiting the for final approval that everything is legally in place.

They are hopeful it could take place by Labor Day. However, that may be unlikely.

Another popular topic at the annual event was sports betting.

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a law that prevented sports betting in states outside of Nevada. Individual states have been given the power to decide if it will be allowed at their casinos. Oklahoma would still need to pass its own law before sports betting would be allowed.

Adding the new games of blackjack and roulette will earn an estimated $20 million for Oklahoma as soon as the games are implemented.

10 percent of the money earned from these games will be paid in taxes to the state.

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Gov. Fallin signs law allowing craps and roulette in Indian casinos

April 11, 2018

Casinos owned by Native Americans in Oklahoma will now be able to offer additional games, such as craps and roulette, as a result of a new measure, H.B. 3375, that was signed on Tuesday by Governor Mary Fallin.

This is the first time ever in the state's history. The measure will allow tribal casinos to operate dice games and roulette. Tax revenue made from the games will fund education programs and salaries for teachers.

The governor also signed a bill that would remove the hotel and motel room tax of $5. Tax will also be added to purchases made online from retailers.

Taxes collected from these measures will total in the millions. It will cover an average of $6,100 pay raise for teachers. The largest in history.

There will be $353.5 million allocated for teacher salaries. Support staff will receive $52 million. Benefit flex health care will have $24.7 million. State education aid will receive $17 million. Teaching supplies and text books will be funded with a projected $50 million.

The education funding package will total $2.9 billion for the 2019 fiscal year. The plan is expected to be fulfilled. The current fiscal year ends in June of this year.

State legislators and the governor are trying to show residents in Oklahoma and educators that investing more into education is important. They want people in the state to know that investing in the education of Oklahoma will help better their lives and their futures.

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Read more News Choctaw Casino Durant will open Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar March 9, 2020 - A new restaurant, Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar, will open in April at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant. The 11,000-square-foot restaurant will be open 24/7 and seat 277 ... Read more News Osage Casino Skiatook Expansion 2020 March 4, 2020 - The Osage Casino in Skiatook is adding 5,000 square feet of new gaming space, 50 new electronic games and a high stakes gaming area. ... Read more News Oklahoma gaming compacts were unknowingly renewed by Gov. Stitt, says Tribes February 22, 2020 - In a federal court filing to join the lawsuit against Gov. Stitt over gaming compacts, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes claim the Governor unknowingly triggered renewal ... Read more News More Oklahoma tribes join gaming lawsuit February 19, 2020 - The federal judge for the lawsuit against Gov. Stitt over gaming compacts has allowed six more tribes to join the suit. The total is now twelve tribes in the lawsuit against the Governor. ... Read more News Oklahoma Tribes and Governor ordered to mediation over gaming compacts dispute February 10, 2020 - A federal judge ordered both sides of the dispute over renewal of gaming compacts to enter into mediation. The judge ordered Gov. Stitt and the 5 tribes ... Read more News Quapaw Nation asks to join tribes in lawsuit over gambling compacts February 18, 2020 - The Quapaw Nation has filed a motion in federal court to join the five tribes suing Gov. Stitt over renewal of gaming compacts. If accepted, the Quapaw will join mediation ... Read more News Oklahoma tribes backed by National Congress of American Indians in gaming compact dispute February 12, 2020 - NCAI President Fawn Sharp warned of a "direct threat and annihilation of tribal sovereignty" from the legal dispute with the Oklahoma governor. ... Read more News Muscogee (Creek) Nation becomes fifth tribe in lawsuit against Gov. Stitt February 5, 2020 - The Creeks have joined the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw Nations and Citizen Potawatomi Nation in the lawsuit against Gov. Stitt regarding the renewal of gaming compacts. ... Read more News Oklahoma House Speaker says tribal gaming compacts renewed - Senate Leader sidesteps issue February 4, 2020 - The Oklahoma House and Senate leaders took very different positions on the tribal gaming compact dispute between the governor and the tribes. ... Read more News Oklahoma Gov. Stitt sues tribes to shut down Class III gaming January 29, 2020 - Gov. Stitt filed a lawsuit in federal court for an injunction against Class III Indian gaming, AKA Vegas-style casino gaming where players gamble against the house. ... Read more News Oklahoma Indian Gaming Compacts Enter Limbo Today January 1, 2020 - All Oklahoma Indian gaming compacts expired today. Did they automatically renew? None were renegotiated with Gov. Stitt, and at the same time all tribal casinos are open and operating today. ... Read more News Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs resigns over Gov Stitt's compact position December 27, 2019 - Amidst the ongoing compact dispute, the top Native American advisor in Gov Stitt's cabinet has resigned. Secretary Lisa J. Billy resigned Monday ... Read more News Oklahoma orders tax audit on tribes during compact dispute December 23, 2019 - While Gov Stitt and Oklahoma tribes continue their dispute over gaming compacts, the state has notified tribes that tax audits will begin as early as Jan 2. ... Read more News Oklahoma Tribes reject Gov. Stitt's call for extension December 18, 2019 - [UPDATED] Tribal leaders responded to Gov. Stitt's proposal to extend current gaming compacts to August 31, 2020, to allow needed time for renegotiation of the casino revenue shares paid to ... Read more News Oklahoma gaming compacts will be unresolved on Jan 1 December 17, 2019 - Gov. Stitt has reached an impasse in his drive to renegotiate the gaming compacts of Oklahoma Indian tribes. At a news conference he proposed an 8-month extension of the compacts ... Read more News Oklahoma gaming compacts will automatically renew says 2004 report December 16, 2019 - A 2004 Session Highlights Report from the Oklahoma House of Representatives states the tribal gaming compacts will expire Jan. 1, 2020, but will automatically renew ... Read more News Oklahoma residents rank second in gambling December 7, 2019 - Oklahoma residents rank second in the nation for the average amount of spent gambling each year. Oklahomans average $1,141 annually at the 141 tribal gaming facilities across the state. ... Read more News Gov. Stitt says commercial casinos interested if gaming compacts not renewed - Tribes respond December 5, 2019 - Several tribal leaders have responded to Gov. Stitt's new negotiating tact of mentioning commercial casinos as alternatives if tribal compacts are not ... Read more News Cherokee Nation drives $2.17B of Oklahoma's economy November 26, 2019 - Cherokee Nation has a major impact in the Oklahoma economy. The tribe added $2.17 billion to the state's economy, supported 19,203 jobs, paid $836M in labor and benefits ... Read more News Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes will expand Lucky Star Casino Watonga November 17, 2019 - The expansion of the Lucky Star Casino Watonga will add gaming space for 400 new slot machines, a restaurant, a five-story hotel with 80 guest rooms, and a convention center ... Read more News Fancy Dance Casino will open mid-2020 November 16, 2019 - After several start-up delays the Ponca Tribe has begun construction on the new Fancy Dance Casino near Perry, Oklahoma. The new 10,000-square-foot casino with 290 slot machines will be completed in ... Read more News Oklahoma tribes unanimously reject arbitration proposal November 11, 2019 - Thirty five Oklahoma tribes have uninamously rejected an arbitration proposal by the state attorney general to resolve their gaming compact dispute with Gov. Stitt. ... Read more News Bordertown Casino will close down Dec 15 September 30, 2019 - The Eastern Shawnee have decided to permanently close the Bordertown Casino and Arena near the Missouri stateline in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. In a press release tlast week he tribe explained ... Read more News Golden Mesa Casino opens doors with ribbon cutting September 16, 2019 - Golden Mesa Casino opened near Guymon in the Oklahoma panhandle. The 40,000-square-foot casino was built by the Shawnee Tribe in partnership with the Chickasaw Nation. ... Read more News Golden Mesa Casino will open Sept 12 August 24, 2019 - The Shawnee Tribe will finally celebrate the grand opening of its new casino in the Panhandle on Sept 7th. The casino will host 600 electronic gaming machines, 6 table games, a diner and entertainment. ... Read more News 29 Tribal Nations Unite Against OK Gov August 21, 2019 - A letter signed by leaders of 29 Oklahoma tribes was sent from the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association to Gov. Stitt expressing their united opposition to his call to renegotiate payments before renewing compacts. ... Read more News Five Civilized Tribes Reject OK Gov's Demand to Renegotiate Compacts July 12, 2019 - The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes today rejected Gov. Stitt's demand to renegotiate gaming compacts. ... Read more News OK Gov and Tribes Clash Over Compact Renewals July 11. 2019 - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt insists on renogotiation of all the state-tribe gaming compacts which are scheduled for renewal Jan 1, 2020. ... Read more News Osage Tulsa breaks ground on 2nd hotel tower July 9, 2019 - The Osage Casino Hotel in downtown Tulsa has begun construction on a 6-story hotel tower which will add 145 guest rooms. Completion is expected in August 2020. ... Read more News La Cantina celebrates new menu at Choctaw Casino Durant July 1, 2019 - The La Cantina restaurant at Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant has a new menu to be introduced at its "Grand Opening Fiesta" scheduled July 4-7. ... Read more News Comanche case against Chickasaw casino is rejected by U.S. Supreme Court May 28, 2019 - After the Commache Nation appealed their suit to stop the Chickasaw Nation from building the Riverstar Casino in Jefferson County, the U.S. Supreme Court ... Read more News Will Creek Nation build a hotel in downtown Tulsa? May 14, 2019 - The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is evaluating the feasibility of building a 400-600 room hotel in downtown Tulsa which would include a multi-floor food hall, an entertainment center, a rooftop ... Read more News Cherokee Nation Opens New Tahlequah Casino May 13, 2019 - The new Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah is open replacing the tribe's old casino on Hwy 62. This larger casino has more gaming space, an additional restaurant, live entertainment and a new ... Read more News Choctaw Casino Durant Breaks Ground on $500 Million Expansion April 29, 2019 - Construction has begun on a major expansion in Durant that will add 1,000 hotel rooms, more gaming space, new dining and entertainment venues, retail space and a parking garage. ... Read more News Hard Rock Tulsa is hiring for recent expansion April 17, 2019 - Hard Rock Tulsa has openings for new employees to work in the newly constructed areas of the casino. A new two-level structure with 65,000 square feet has added more gaming area, more convention space, a poker room and a dance hall. ... Read more News Creek Nation Casino on Lake Eufaula gets Fed approval April 17. 2019 - The Dept of Interior has approved a Muscogee (Creek) Nation application to transfer 48 acres on Lake Eufaula into federal trust for the purpose of building a new casino-resort. ... Read more News Osage Casino Hotel opens new Skyline Event Center February 7, 2019 - This new 2,000-seat concert and entertainment center has been completed and is about to open with its first public concert with the Goo Goo Dolls on Feb 16th. ... Read more News Hard Rock Tulsa Opens 'Track 5' Dance Hall February 1, 2019 - Hard Rock Tulsa opened is newest enterainment venue Track 5, a 1,200-square-foot, wooden dance with a full-service bar. Track 5 is part of the casiino's new 65,000-sq-ft expansion. ... Read more News New Waterpark opens Feb 25 at 7 Clans First Council Casino and Hotel January 30, 2019 - The First Council Casino will open its new 20,000-sq-ft indoor water park Feb 25. It features 3 large slides, a teenager pool, a children pool, a lazy river and more. ... Read more

2018

News Choctaw Casino and Resort announces a 2-year expansion plan November 14, 2018 - This Choctaw Casino will breakground next Spring on a 1,000-room hotel, pool, conference center, new dining venues, more gaming space at and additional parking. ... Read more News Keetoowah Cherokee propose casino in Enid OK September 17, 2018 - The Keetoowah Cherokee has met with the Enid City Commission about building a 20,000-sq-ft casino offering slot machines, blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette. ... Read more News Dallas Cowboys announced partnership with WinStar World Casino and Resort September 7, 2018 - The NFL Dallas Cowboys has agreed to make WinStar World Casino the team's official casino. This is the first of its kind between an NFL team and a casino. ... Read more News New Osage Casino and Hotel opens in Downtown Tulsa August 28, 2018 - After 15 years of planning and a cost of $160 million, the new Osage Casino Hotel is now open 24 hours daily with over 1,600 electronic gaming machines and a 141-room hotel. ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino is ready for roulette and craps August 7, 2018 - Hard Rock Casino intends to be the first casino in Oklahoma to offer roulette and craps as soon as the games are allowed. ... Read more News Osage Casino Tulsa plans grand opening Aug 29 August 1, 2018 - The $160 million Downtown Tulsa Osage Casino will open with 1,550 gaming machines, 16 table games, 5 poker tables, a 141-room hotel, a microbrewery and a resort style pool. ... Read more News Oklahoma craps and roulette by October 2018 July 26, 2018 - Gaming compacts between the state and Oklahoma tribes have been amended and await the Department of Interior to send final approval to allow the new games to begin operation. ... Read more News Downstream Casino celebrates 10th anniversary July 6, 2018 - Downstream Casino and Resort celebrated its opening ten years ago on July 5, 2008. ... Read more News 'New' Osage Casino Tulsa will open August 2018
April 24, 2018 - The 3-year massive overhaul of the Osage Casino in Tulsa will be completed this summer. The grand reopening will be in August. ... Read more
News Kiowa Casino opens hotel
April 13, 2018 - A brand new hotel at the Kiowa Casino was officially opened today in Devol, Oklahoma north of Wichita Falls, Texas. The hotel is branded as the Kiowa Hotel. ... Read more
News Duck Creek Casino celebrates grand opening of new expansion April 15
April 12, 2018 - Duck Creek Casino has opened its newly expanded gaming area which covers 8,000 square feet with 200 of the newest slot machines. ... Read more
News Gov. Fallin signs law allowing craps & roulette in Indian casinos
April 11, 2018 - Oklahoma Indian casino can now offer craps and roulette to players as a result of Gov. Fallin signing House Bill 3375 on April 11, 2018. ... Read more
News New Cherokee Casino Tahlequah celebrates groundbreaking - Opens 2019
March 26, 2018 - The new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah at the Cherokee Springs Plaza will open in 2019 and replace the tribe's existing casino in Tahlequah. ... Read more
News 7 Clans First Council Casino plans expansion including an indoor water park
02.22.2018 - PRESS RELEASE: The Otoe-Missouria tribe has broken ground to add a 30,000 square foot indoor water park, 60 hotel suites and ... Read more
News Downstream Casino Bets on Craft Beer
01.21.2018 - In order to attract more visitors the Downstream Casino Resort is now brewing craft beer. The casino is located in Quapaw and very close to the Arkansas Stateline. ... Read more
News Golden Mesa Casino plan wins full approval
01.19.2018 - Approval has been given to put 102.98 acres into trust so that the Shawnee Tribe can build a future casino. The approval came on Friday. The land is in the Oklahoma Panhandle ... Read more

2017

11.14.2017 Ponca plan Fancy Dance Casino east of Enid 11.03.2017 Choctaw Casino in Grant opens its $50 million expansion 09.29.2017 Indigo Sky Casino opens new hotel tower 09.18.2017 Osage Casino Tulsa celebrates expansion milestone 08.17.2017 Red Water Casino project status 06.30.2017 Downstream Casino Resort approved to expand into Kansas 05.25.2017 Chickasaw Casino breaks ground in Jefferson County 01.12.2017 Rock & Brews Casino Resort breaks ground in Braman 01.01.2017 New Cherokee Casino Grove is now open

2016

12.28.2016   Renovations and Construction Continue at River Spirit Casino Resort
12.20.2016   Cherokee Casino Grove Opens
11.18.2016     Choctaw Celebrate Topping Out Ceremony
11.17.2016   - New Osage Nation Casino and Hotel Breaks Ground
11.03.2016   New Theater at River Spirit Casino Announces Opening Acts
10.27.2016   Chicksaw Nation to Develop New Lake Texoma Tourism Destination
09.29.2016   Chisholm Trail Casino Completes Renovations
09.16.2016   More Casinos wanted by Osage Nation
09.09.2016   Convention Center opens at WinStar World Casino
08.17.2016   Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant Prepares to Open
07.26.2016   Tribal Gaming Grows in OK
06.23.2016   Indigo Sky Casino Celebrates Expansion
06.22.2016   Final Beams Placed at Cherokee Casino Grove
05.31.2016   $34 Million Expansion Planned for Indigo Sky Casino
03.29.2016   Cherokee Casino Grove Breaks Ground
03.25.2016   Cherokee Grove Casino Set for Ground Breaking
01.28.2016   Cherokee Casino Grove to Break Ground in Spring
01.04.2016   $100,000 Donated to Texas Tornado Victims by Choctaw Casinos

2015

12.13.2015   Hotel Now Open at Cherokee Casino
12.10.2015   ShouthWind Casino Celebrates Expansion Completion
11.22.2015   Annual Impact report for Oklahoma Tribal Casinos Released
08.04.2015   Oklahoma Tribal Casinos improve economy by Billions
07.28.2015   Cherokee Casinos Install New Casino Cash Machines
07.09.2015   OK Casinos Organize Food Drive for Flood Relief
05.13.2015   Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland Host Preview Event
03.05.2015   Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville Prepares to Open
01.19.2015   Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland is A Step Closer to Completion

2014

11.20.2014   Susan G. Komen Tulsa receives $50,000 from Choctaw Casinos
07.23.2014   Expansion Underway For Choctaw Casino
07.18.2014   South Coffeyville Casino Moves Forward
04.26.2014   Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs Shows Deep Creek Exhibit
04.17.2014   Cherokee Nation Plan to Break Ground On New Casino in May
03.19.2014   New POS System Chosen by Comanche Nation of Oklahoma Casinos
03.19.2014   Tribal Trac To Protect Indian Casinos

2013

09.25.2013   Osage Casinos Expansion Creates 200 New Jobs
08.13.2013   New Safety Innovations in Casino Security
07.30.2013   Silver Buffalo Casino closes, no paychecks to workers
07.08.2013   $1,141,958.19 won at Choctaw Casino Resort
05.31.2013   The Prairie Sun Casino is now open
03.18.2013   Comanche Red River Casino Breaks Ground for New Hotel
01.04.2013   Aurelius Casino Plans Revisited

2012

12.07.2012   Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson prepares for Expansion Opening
09.26.2012   Ground broken for Osage Casino
08.27.2012   Apache Casino Hotel celebrates Gran Opening
02.22.2012   Choctaw Casino Resort Gives Away $220,000
02.13.2012   Money From Oklahoma Indian Casinos Examined
02.13.2012   Known Gambling Addicts Banned from OK Casinos
01.24.2012   Kickapoo Tribe is working on Casino plans in Shawnee
01.04.2012   Creek Nation OneFire Casino Accepted by Community

2011

12.20.2011   Red Clay Casino begins construction in Broken Arrow, OK
11.09.2011   Construction starts on Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa New Tower
08.05.2011   Thunderbird Casino to Open August 11
05.10.2011   A New Hotel Tower will be added to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
04.05.2011   West Siloam Springs unveils new poker room
04.01.2011   Restraining Order Against Tonkawa Tribal Gaming Comm Denied
03.28.2011   Tonkawa Tribe sued by Gaughan Gaming
03.23.2011   Man wins $1,185,286 jackpot at Choctaw Casino Resort
03.21.2011   2011 Restoring Harmony Powwow
03.11.2011   Osage Nation Principal Chief Will Fight to Keep Reservation Land

2010

12.02.2010   Eastern Shawnee break ground on new Bordertown Casino
11.10.2010   Cherokee land approved for new gaming
09.30.2010   5th Annual Cherokee Art Market in Tulsa
08.15.2010   Oklahoma Indian casino revenues soar
08.12.2010   Osage Nation will appeal to Supreme Court
07.29.2010   River Spirit Casino Event Center has grand opening

05.14.2010   Keetoowah Cherokee Casino Selects Table Trac's Casino Trac System
05.13.2010   7 Clans Paradise Casino cleans up tornado damage
04.12.2010   Court ruling could affect Osage casinos
03.26.2010   Muscogee Chief predicts River Spirit Casino rebound
02.10.2010   New Durant Casino Resort celebrates grand opening
02.01.2010   Cherokee Casino Ramona has ground-breaking
01.26.2010   Choctaw Durant opens expansion Feb. 9
01.04.2010   Winstar's "Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill" Feb 2010

12.15.2009   Cherokees purchase Blue Ribbon Downs

2009

10.27.2009   Choctaw Casino Durant expansion will add 1,000 new jobs
10.13.2009   Largest 'Bad Beat' poker jackpot won at Downstream Casino
09.28.2009   Oklahoma casino revenue up
09.25.2009   Native Lights Casino pays $1.1 million Mega Jackpot
09.12.2009   Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs adding upscale hotel tower
08.19.2009   $1 million winner at Osage Million Dollar Elm casino
07.09.2009   Court rules lawsuits against Choctaw casinos can be heard in state courts
08.14.2009   Chickasaw Nation to purchase Remington Park
08.06.2009   WinStar Casino opens new hotel
07.20.2009   Hard Rock Casino grand opening is August 3rd
07.17.2009   Choctaw Casino Resort Hotel rises in Durant
07.04.2009   Oklahoma State revenues are up thanks to Indian Gaming
06.15.2009   Oklahoma Indian gaming revenue grows by double digits
06.02.2009   Cherokee Casino Resort's $155 million expansion
05.28.2009   Winstar Casino awards $779K Wheel of Fortune
05.25.2009   Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs awards $487,422 Wheel of Fortune
05.12.2009   Officials oppose Shawnee casino in Oklahoma City
05.07.2009   Winstar Casino plans inspection of tent
05.06.2009   Can Ft. Sill Apache Casino survive strong winds?
04.07.2009   Oklahoma's Largest Casinos
04.01.2009   Crowds flock to River Spirit Casino opening 03.09.2009   Third largest jackpot in Oklahoma
02.24.2009   Fort Sill Apache Casino plans expansion
02.09.2009   Hotel at Riverwind opens in February
02.05.2009   River Spirit Casino opens in Tulsa March 31
01.05.2009   WinStar World Casino has grand opening on New Year's Eve

2008

12.17.2008   Cherokee Casino Resort in Catoosa opens $155 million expansion
12.09.2008   Woman wins $4 million at Comanche Nation Casino
11.20.2008   Sugar Creek Casino opens in Hinton, Oklahoma
11.10.2008   Cherokee Casino opens in West Siloam Springs
10.31.2008   Downstream hotel grand opening Nov 22nd
10.28.2008   River Spirit Casino plans to open next year
10.22.2008   Presidential Promotion at Gold River Casino
10.13.2008   Cherokee Casino Tulsa hiring 1000
09.29.2008   NIGC drops plan to redefine Class II gambling machines
09.03.2008   Cherokee Casino Job Fair Sept 17-18
08.28.2008   WinStar World Casino winner takes home $700K
08.27.2008   Buffalo Run Casino opens new hotel
08.25.2008   Oklahoma Indian casinos lead nation
08.23.2008   Oklahoma Indian casinos boost state revenues
08.22.2008   Oklahoma Indian gambling grows in 2007
08.21.2008   Alaska tribe drops gambling appeal
08.19.2008   Oklahoma tribal casinos lead nation
08.07.2008   BIA OKs off-track wagering at Downstream Casino
07.31.2008   Cherokee Casino Resort expansion
07.31.2008   Choctaw break ground on McAlester casino
07.05.2008   Downstream Casino opens near Kansas, Missouri borders
06.28.2008   Bad weather delays new Creek Nation Casino Tulsa construction
06.10.2008   State treasurer opposes proposed Shawnee casino
06.07.2008   Governor says Shawnee casino would devastate horse industry
06.06.2008   Cherokee Casinos' employees donate 40,000 items to troops
06.05.2008   Federal government retreats from tribal bingo regulation
05.25.2008   Shawnee casino plan for Oklahoma City (update)
05.03.2008   Winstar Casinos is Holding Job Fairs
04.07.2008   Winstar Hosting TV Poker Tournaments
03.10.2008   Tribal Border Casinos are Highly Profitable
03.09.2008   Oklahoma Received $70M from Indian Gaming 2007
02.25.2008   First Council Casino opens Feb 29th
02.11.2008   Federal Proposal will change Class II Gaming
01.28.2008   Shawnee Plan Casino in Oklahoma City
01.23.2008   County in Kansas suing to block Quapaw Casino
01.08.2008   Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs Expansion Plans
01.02.2008   $1Billion Indian Casino Expansions in 2008

2007

12.30.2007   Cherokee Casino Resort will be largest in Oklahoma
12.29.2007   Seneca-Cayuga Tribe Plan New Casino Near Grove
11.26.2007   Choctaw Will Build Destination Resort at Durant
11.20.2007   Shawnee Tribe Seeks Oklahoma City Casino
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