34 Tribal Governments Send Governor Stitt a Second, Unified Statement



Oklahoma City – The leaders of 34 Oklahoma Tribal Governments came together on Aug. 22, 2019, and have issued a second joint resolution in response to a letter Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt sent, dated Aug. 13, 2019. This joint resolution was delivered by hand, certified mail and email to the Governor’s office today.

“Many tribes have received Gov. Stitt’s most recent letter. While we appreciate his modified tone, and are pleased to see his inclusion of Attorney General Mike Hunter and the legislature, the original issues still remain, first and foremost of which is that the present Gaming Compact will automatically renew on January 1, 2020,” said Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Matthew L. Morgan, Esq. “Gov. Stitt’s position is at odds with the leaders of 34 Tribal Nations, who also agree that the rates under the present Gaming Compact should not change. We recognize that Gov. Stitt has the right under the present Gaming Compact to request a renegotiation of rates paid under the Gaming Compact, however a month has a passed and our request for a proposal from the Gov. Stitt has gone unanswered.”

  A copy of the letter sent to Gov. Stitt is available here.  The text of the Aug. 22 joint resolution follows:

RESOLUTION OF TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS GATHERED AT THE GRAND CASINO OF THE CITIZEN POTAWATOMI NATION SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA AUGUST 22, 2019

WHEREAS,  WE, THE UNDERSIGNED TRIBAL LEADERS, ARE EACH IN RECEIPT OF THE LETTER FROM GOVERNOR J. KEVIN STITT DATED AUGUST 13, 2019, AND WHILE MANY OF US INTEND TO RESPOND FORMALLY AND INDIVIDUALLY ON BEHALF OF OUR RESPECTIVE FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, WE ARE UNITED IN OUR POSITION, AND

WHEREAS,  WE APPRECIATE THE WARMER TONE OF GOVERNOR STITT’S RECENT LETTER AND ALSO VALUE A STRONG INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA, BUT GOVERNOR STITT CONTINUES TO PURSUE NEGOTIATION OF AN ENTIRELY NEW COMPACT, AND WHEREAS,  WE CANNOT SIMPLY TABLE A MATTER AS FUNDAMENTAL AS OUR COMPACT’S DURABILITY, AND WHEREAS,  IT WOULD ACCORDINGLY BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR US TO ATTEMPT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH ANY DISCUSSION BEFORE RESOLVING THIS MATTER, AND WHEREAS,  WE RECOGNIZE EACH COMPACTING PARTY’S RIGHT TO REQUEST RE-NEGOTIATION OF SUBSECTIONS A AND E OF PART 11, WHICH PROVIDE OUR COMPACTS’ REVENUE-SHARE AND EXCLUSIVITY MECHANISMS, AND WHEREAS,  GOVERNOR STITT HAS NOT MADE ANY SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSAL UNDER SUBSECTIONS A AND E OF PART 11, AND WHEREAS,  A NECESSARY STEP WOULD BE THE STATE’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE AUTO-RENEWAL UNDER PART 15. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, WE THE UNDERSIGNED TRIBAL LEADERS, EACH REPRESENTING OUR RESPECTIVE SOVEREIGN TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, WOULD CONSIDER A SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSAL UNDER SUBSECTIONS A AND/OR E OF PART 11 SHOULD THE STATE ACKNOWLEDGE THE AUTOMATIC RENEWAL UNDER PART 15 OF THE COMPACT.  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THE UNDERSIGNED ALSO TAKE SERIOUSLY THE SOLEMN AGREEMENTS WE ENTER WITH OTHER GOVERNMENTS, AND WE EACH WILL ACCORDINGLY REMAIN COMMITTED TO THE TERMS OF OUR RENEWING COMPACT, AND AS WE MUST, WE WILL TRUST AND EXPECT THE STATE TO DO THE SAME. EXECUTED AT THE TRIBAL LEADERS MEETING HELD AT GRAND CASINO OF THE CITIZEN POTAWATOMI NATION IN SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA, ON AUGUST 22, 2019, BY A VOTE OF 34 AYES, 0 NAYS, AND 0 ABSTENTIONS.

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