Tribal lead­ers re­ject ex­ten­sion plan

Antelope Valley Press - - Second Front -

TULSA, Okla. — Lead­ers from nearly every Ok­la­homa-based In­dian tribe that has a gam­bling com­pact with the state on Thurs­day re­jected Gov. Kevin Stitt’s of­fer to ex­tend the com­pacts for an ad­di­tional eight months.

Stitt and the tribes are locked in a dis­agree­ment about whether the 15-year com­pacts be­tween the tribes and the state ex­pire on Jan. 1. Stitt says they do and wants to rene­go­ti­ate for the state to get a larger slice of casino rev­enue.

But the tribes con­tend all the re­quire­ments have been met for the com­pacts to au­to­mat­i­cally re­new on Jan. 1 for another 15-year pe­riod. Morgan said Ok­la­homa-based casi­nos will be open for busi­ness as usual on Jan. 1.

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