OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in
Oklahoma met with Gov. Kevin Stitt Wednesday, July 1 to sign a 15-year gaming compact
that permits the tribe to engage in Class II and Class III gaming in Logan County.
“It is both an honor and privilege to be announcing the signing of this economic venture
between the great State of Oklahoma and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians,”
said UKB Chief Joe Bunch. “We thank Governor Kevin Stitt and his administration for this
monumental day and for their leadership efforts in this compact. It is a grand day for
Keetoowahs and Native American tribes all over the country. It is a day when one of their
own partnered with Oklahoma in building a stronger economy through the avenues of retail,
food and beverage, hotel, hospitality and casino operations, all by a signing a Class III gaming
compact with the state. This compact also presents an opportunity for the UKB to move
forward and begin increasing health, education and job opportunities for our tribal members
and elders, as well as our surrounding communities. After all, we know if our communities
are doing well, the state is also doing well.”
Bunch could not be in attendance for the signing due to unforeseen circumstances. Assistant
Chief Jamie Thompson was allowed to sign the compact in Bunch’s place per UKB
“This is a monumental day for Keetoowahs. I wanted to thank Governor Stitt and his council
that’s worked to put this compact together with our Attorney General Klint Cowan and our
council,” said Thompson. “We’re trying to create a win-win situation for all Oklahomans and
certainly for our tribal members. We’re looking forward to a long relationship with the state
that benefits not only our tribe, but our citizens of the great state of Oklahoma.”
UKB officials joined Stitt in his offices at the capitol to sign together.
“One year after beginning gaming compact negotiations, the State has entered into its fourth
compact that makes way for Oklahoma tribes to innovate and compete in a new, dynamic
gaming market and strengthens State-Tribal relationships,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “The
compact includes a commitment from the State to support the UKB’s pursuit of land for its
first gaming location. This will enhance the UKB’s ability to deliver core government services
to its 14,300 citizens while expanding economic development opportunities for all
Oklahomans in the region.”
The compact allows the UKB to operate facilities offering Class II gaming, such as bingo, and
Class III gaming including slot machines and roulette through Dec. 31, 2035.
Agreed upon terms include the United Keetoowah Band paying 18 percent in exclusivity
fees on its adjusted net win amounts to the state for “nonhouse-banked card games” and
“nonhouse-banked table games.”
For gaming machines, the tribe must pay 12 percent on any adjusted net win amounts up to
$300 million, or 13 percent on any amount over $300 million and up to $500 million. The
maximum amount the tribe could pay on gaming machines is 15 percent on its adjusted net
win amounts over $500 million.
The agreement is part of Stitt’s compact renegotiation efforts with tribes in Oklahoma to pay
exclusivity fees to the state in exchange for exclusive casino gaming. His office determined
the previous gaming compact expired on Jan. 1, 2020.
UKB joins the Comanche Nation, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Kialegee Tribal Town in
renegotiating and signing gaming compacts with the state.
Notification of the compact was sent to the U.S. Department of the Interior Wednesday. The
Secretary has 45 days to approve the agreement under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act for
it to take effect and for notice to be published in the Federal Register.
The tribe must also submit a Section 20 application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to have
land in Logan County taken into trust for gaming. Upon approval, the tribe can begin building
and operating its facility.
For more information or to schedule an interview with UKB Officials, please contact UKB
Media Director Brittney Bennett via email at email@example.com.