Opinion: Oklahoma gaming compact issue remains muddled
By doing nothing, the U.S. Department of the Interior did plenty to raise the rhetoric surrounding tribal gaming and little to clarify the issue. The Interior Department opted not to take specific action, within the allowed 45-day window, to approve or reject compacts reached between the governor’s office and two tribes, the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. When no action is taken, compacts are “deemed approved” and take effect when they’re published in the Federal Register. That must happen sometime in the next 45 days.