Stitt: Tribes would 'illegally' run games without new deal

Published: Dec. 7, 2019 at 9:07 PM CST
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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says the state's Native American tribes would be illegally operating certain gambling games after Jan. 1 if they don't resolve a dispute over the tribes' compacts with the state.

He made the remarks Thursday amid an impasse between the state and several tribes over the gaming compacts.

Stitt says the compacts expire at the end of the year, but the tribes say the current compacts will automatically renew.

The Republican governor wants to renegotiate the terms to receive a larger proportion of tribal gambling revenue. The Tulsa World reports that the tribes will operate gaming on Jan. 1.

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