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. “I look forward to working with our Congressional delegation, state officials and Oklahoma’s tribal nations to create an environment of fairness, clarity and unity that serves all 4 million Oklahomans.” The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the same way last July against compacts negotiated by Gov. Stitt with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes. All ten Cherokee Casinos including Hard Rock Tulsa are closed as of 5 PM Tuesday.
But many others are simply small bingo halls or slot machine parlors in gas stations. These smaller casinos barely create enough revenue to continue operating. For example, some Indian casinos only present a few slot machines, while others offer the same games as commercial casinos. It all depends on the negotiations they made with the state and the games they offer. Many tribes negotiated with their state governments to operate Class III gaming facilities. The games that they offer depend on the exact wording in their tribal-state gambling compacts. That is why many Indian casinos do not offer craps or roulette games.
Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs resigns over Gov Stitt’s compact position
Oklahoma has the second largest Native American population in the United States, behind only California. According to the 2010 Census, 482,760 Oklahomans identified as Native American alone or in combination with other races. Tribal Government Gaming Operations and Related Facilities supported 27,944 ongoing jobs in 2015, of which 76.6 percent were full-time. Rural Gaming Operations accounted for 18,470 or 66.1 percent of these jobs; urban Gaming facilities accounted for 9,474 jobs, or 33.9 percent. William W. Savage III has served as NonDoc’s editor in chief since the publication’s launch in September 2015.
States usually collect between 10-20% of the revenue from Indian casinos, depending on the revenue-sharing agreement. While most commercial casinos offer the same types of games, you will be surprised by the variety in Indian casinos. To understand the IGRA and its regulations, you need to understand the relationship between the US government and Native American tribes. The Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations sued Stitt on December 31. The lawsuit, which has since been joined by 10 other Oklahoma tribes, argue their compacts renewed automatically for another 15 years. A federal judge has ordered the two sides into mediation, with a deadline for resolution set at May 31.