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It's Time for the Oklahoma Tribes to Oust Gov. Stitt


December 20, 2021

Gov. Kevin Stitt

Republican Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is an enigma. A successful businessman who began the Oklahoma-based mortgage company Gateway, he was elected governor in 2018. Stitt is an enrolled tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

For a citizen of one of the largest tribal nations in the country, Stitt has maintained nothing short of a tenuous relationship with Oklahoma tribes.

During his first year in office, Stitt entered into a dispute over the tribal gaming compact with the state. Stitt argued the compact would end on December 31, 2019 and sought to negotiate a new one that would have meant the tribes would pay a higher percentage of casino revenue to the state. The failed negotiations resulted in a lawsuit brought by the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Nations in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Oklahoma on the last day of 2019.


Reader Comments(1)

Jbb58 writes:

This Governor has no respect for the tribes and shows all the signs of a racist white man that only seems to rob the Indians of everything they have worked hard to recover what the white man has took from them. I see the need of a recall election and would gladly volunteer to gather signatures for that purpose.


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