10 June 2020
The controversial tribal gaming compacts that give two Oklahoma tribes rights to offer sports betting in the state have been approved by the US Department of the Interior (DOI), according to state Governor Kevin Stitt.
The Class III gaming compacts, which were struck with the Otoe-Missouri Tribe and the Comanche Nation in April, allowed each operator to offer betting, poker, roulette, slot machines, and blackjack at their gaming facilities.
Stitt said he was “extremely pleased” that the compacts have been approved by the DOI.
“I appreciate and respect the thoughtful leadership of [Otoe-Missouri] Chairman Shotton and [Comanche Nation] Chairman Nelson who worked hard to secure fair terms for their citizens, and whose contributions throughout the negotiations ensured a more level playing field and modernized gaming market in Oklahoma,” Stitt said.
“With these new gaming compacts, Oklahoma is ushering in a new era of prosperity, opportunity, and partnership for the state and the Tribes.”
The tribes will now be able to roll out the new products once the compacts are published in the US government’s Federal Register .
However, there has been significant opposition to the agreements, both from the state legislature and from other tribal operators.