Oklahoma officials to meet with tribes for gambling talks

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Native American tribes in Oklahoma will meet with state officials to discuss clashing views on the tribes’ gambling agreement.

Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt says the tribes’ 15-year gambling compact will expire on Jan. 1 unless a renewal is negotiated. Trial officials have countered that stance, saying the agreement should renew automatically.

The Oklahoman reports that the two sides are meeting on Oct. 28 to iron out their differing interpretations of the agreement.

Oklahoma’s Native American tribes currently pay the state exclusivity fees ranging from 4% to 10% of revenues for the perk of operating certain types of casino games in the state.

Stitt says he believes the tribes should pay higher exclusivity fees.

Last year, the state collected more than $139 million in fees, which mostly went to support education.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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