The US District Court for Western Oklahoma has made a judgement in favour of tribal operators in the state, determining that Oklahoma’s tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on January 1 of this year.
US District Court Judge Timothy DeGiusti took the side of tribes including the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations who sued Gov. Kevin Stitt. In their argument, the compacts didn’t end when the 15-year compact came to a close though automatically renewed for an additional 15 years.
Stitt, however, claimed that the compacts ended, and would have to be renegotiated.
De Giusi concurred with the tribe’s interpretation of the contracts, which they allowed for automatic renewal if other non-tribal firms were allowed to provide electronic gaming apart from on-course pari-mutuel gambling.