Oklahoma AG casts doubt on legality of tribal compacts
The Attorney General of Oklahoma has thrown the future of two new tribal compacts into doubt by arguing that Governor Kevin Stitt didn’t have the authority to negotiate agreements for products not covered by the state’s tribal gaming regulations.
Earlier this week Stitt announced that he had agreed new compacts with the the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation, allowing each to offer Class III gaming – including sports betting – at their casinos in the state.
However AG Mike Hunter told iGB North America that the agreements were not authorized by Title 3A, Section 261 of the Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Act.
“The governor has the authority to negotiate compacts with the tribes on behalf of the state,” Hunter noted.
“However, only gaming activities authorized by the act may be the subject of a tribal gaming compact. Sports betting is not a prescribed ‘covered game’ under the act.”