Tribes start casino gambling negotiations with Oklahoma

The Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant and Winstar World Casino in Thackerville bring in billions in gaming annually for the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations of Oklahoma (file photos).

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma's attorney general is beginning casino gambling negotiations with more than two dozen tribal nations, but the sides remain locked in a stalemate over whether the existing gaming compacts automatically renew at the end of the year.

Attorney General Mike Hunter described Monday's two-hour, closed-door meeting at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort as "positive and constructive," but offered few details about the stalemate.

Oklahoma's new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has taken the position that the 15-year gaming compacts expire at the end of the year and wants to renegotiate the terms to give the state a larger share of casino revenue.

The 35 tribal nations with gaming compacts are unified in their position that the agreements automatically renew after Jan. 1.

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