Governor’s attorneys defend gaming compacts with two tribes | Tulsa State and Regional Information

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Governor's attorneys defend gaming compacts with two tribes | Tulsa State and Regional News

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt’s gaming compacts with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and Kialegee Tribal Town should be legally upheld even though the Oklahoma Supreme Court recently struck down gaming compacts with two other tribes, the governor’s attorneys contend in a court document filed this week.

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s attorneys contend his gaming compacts with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and Kialegee Tribal Town should be legally upheld because they exclude key provisions that the Oklahoma Supreme Court found objectionable when it struck down gaming compacts with two other tribes.

The new gaming compacts “do not include sports betting or house-banked card and table games,” the governor’s attorneys said in documents filed this week with the Oklahoma Supreme Court. “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.”

Gaming compacts that the governor approved earlier with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe included provisions for both sports betting and house-banked games.