Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Matthew L. Morgan Responds to New Lawsuit Filed by Four Tribes

“The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association is aware of the court filing by the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Citizen Potawatomi Nations regarding the validity of the gaming agreements of the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe. It is sad that Governor Stitt has placed the tribal governments in this position. OIGA continues to support our members’ rights to protect the integrity of their treaty territories and thank these tribal governments for their work in protecting the Class III framework established by State Question 712 as approved by a vote of citizens of the State of Oklahoma.  

As we have stated from the beginning, Governor Stitt never had the legal authority to enter into these gaming agreements. The decision of the Oklahoma Supreme Court to declare those agreements invalid under Oklahoma law supported our position. Hopefully the suit filed today will bring an end to this unnecessary and costly chapter and allow all the state and tribal governments to move back to a proper government-to-government relationship that includes honest and respectful communications for the betterment of all of Oklahoma.”
– Matthew L. Morga, OIGA Chairman