Red Rock, Oklahoma — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt visited Red Rock, Okla. today, where he met with members of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and local legislators to discuss the tribe’s new gaming compact. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Interior published the compact in the Federal Register, meaning the various aspects of the agreement immediately went into effect.
“It is critical we all work together – state, local and tribal leaders – to build a brighter future for Oklahoma. These new tribal compacts, both the ones approved by the U.S. Department of Interior and the ones to come, will mean economic development for all of Oklahoma,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt.
“Our state is well positioned to work hand-in-hand with tribal leaders to grow and diversify our economy to benefit education, jobs, health care, roads, bridges and other important state priorities. To really become a top 10 state, we have to all work together and level the business playing field to ensure equity for all tribes of Oklahoma.”
The tribe’s new gaming compact with the state gives the Otoe-Missouria Tribe the opportunity to build new, state-of-the-art entertainment centers and expand its geographic footprint into three additional Oklahoma counties. Furthermore, the agreement removes restrictions on house-banked table and card games and brings the possibility of event wagering and sports betting to Oklahoma.
“I want to thank the governor for coming to Red Rock today and our local and state elected officials for their support,” said Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John R. Shotton. “We look forward to partnering with them as we seek to modernize gaming in Oklahoma. We are one of the largest employers in both Kay County and Noble County because our Tribal Council has turned our gaming revenue into long-term investments in sustainable industries, including agriculture, hospitality and financial services. We look forward to expanding our operations in Noble County and expanding into Logan and Payne counties with the next phase of development, which will help diversify local economies and bring much-needed development to rural Oklahoma.”
In addition to Chairman Shotton and Gov. Stitt, attendees included: Secretary of State Michael Rogers, state Senators Bill Coleman, R-Ponca City, and Chuck Hall, R-Perry, and state Representatives John Pfeiffer, R-Orlando and Ken Luttrell, R-Ponca City, as well as Perry City Manager Larry Pannell and members of the Otoe Missouria Tribal Council.
About The Otoe-Missouria Tribe: The Otoe-Missouria Tribe is located in North Central Oklahoma in Red Rock. There are currently 3,288 members enrolled in the tribe with 2,242 living in Oklahoma. The tribe was relocated to Oklahoma in 1881 from its first reservation on the border of Nebraska and Kansas. For more information about the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, visit omtribe.org.