State, Tribes Sign New Gaming Compacts

Mike Seals - April 21, 2020 1:11 pm


OKLAHOMA CITY (April 21, 2020) – Governor Kevin Stitt, Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John Shotton today signed new gaming compacts between the State and each tribe represented.

Each new compact establishes clarity and certainty for each sovereign party; expands gaming opportunities for the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe, keeping in mind the dynamic, evolving nature of the gaming industry; provides for meaningful consideration for the State’s fee structure for class III games and table games for new locations; and strengthens compact transparency with clear auditing guidance and with new dispute resolution provisions.

“These new gaming compacts are in the best interest of the State, members of the Otoe-Missouria tribe and Comanche Nation and the local communities where these tribes reside and operate. The new compacts recognize the sovereign rights of individual tribes to conduct gaming in Oklahoma. The compacts take a sound approach to assessing the value of substantial exclusivity in a modernized tribal gaming industry, and importantly, the compacts expand opportunity for both the compacting tribes and the State to compete in future gaming markets,” said Gov. Stitt, Chairman Nelson and Chairman Shotton. “These tribe-specific agreements will strengthen Oklahoma’s gaming industry, enable tribes to adapt to a rapidly changing environment with new competitive opportunities and facilitate transparency in the administration of gaming enterprises.”

Click here to view the compact between the state and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe.

Click here to view the compact between the state and the Comanche Nation.


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