DOI Says Okla. Tribes Can't Challenge Gambling Deals

By Andrew Westney (October 25, 2021, 6:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged a D.C. federal judge to toss a suit by several Oklahoma tribes challenging gambling agreements reached by the state with other tribes, saying the plaintiffs can't show any harm from the deals to their own casino operations.

The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Citizen Potawatomi Nations claim that Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt didn't have the authority to enter into gaming compacts with the defendant tribes, including the Comanche Nation and Kialegee Tribal Town, and that the compacts were illegally allowed to take effect by the DOI.

But the DOI said Friday that the court...

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