Losing Streak: Oklahoma’s Tribes Win the Gaming Battle Against Governor Stitt

Even though Governor Kevin Stitt claims to have some Native blood in him, he seemingly has it out for the Indigenous people of Oklahoma, with his attack on Oklahoma’s Native-owned casinos his most devious attempt yet. But, with all the judgments against him from the Supreme Courts to the Supreme Being, it seems that all his hate is working against him lately.

This week, the Indigenous people of Oklahoma were given yet another win against him, this time in the form of a ruling on the controversial tribal gaming compacts. In a long-standing deal with Oklahoma, Native tribes pay the state over $140 million dollars a year in gaming exclusivity fees, something that Stitt and his cronies thought should be more. A lot more.

Using well over $1.5 million dollars of our state’s money to fight the tribes and this honorable agreement, the courts effectively told Stitt to go to Hell in another landmark decision stating that the compacts automatically renewed this January when no new agreements with the state were reached. I guess someone should have explained “automatically renew” to Stitt.

“This is a strong affirmation of what we have known all along,” Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton said in response to the verdict. “The plain language of the compact stated that it renewed on January 1, 2020. We are grateful this issue has been resolved and are ready to put it behind us. We look forward to continuing to serve our tribal members by providing health care, education and jobs in the communities where we live and work.”

The main criticism I’ve heard from supporters of Stitt and his anti-Indian antics is that the tribes earn over $4.5 billion in revenue from gaming and, with that much revenue, they can afford a couple more million dollars to spare—which is rich considering how much land the government has stolen from original owners of this state. You’re lucky we’re giving you what we’re giving you, Stitt.

And besides…is it really our fault if many Oklahomans like to gamble their paychecks away?

Money earned by the casinos goes into each and every tribe and rightfully supports tribal members when our own government wouldn’t. From gym shoes when I was in middle school to the health care that is currently keeping me alive, I’m living proof of where all those slot machine dollars go, as are thousands of Oklahoma Natives.

But, still, Stitt seems to have a vendetta against the Indigenous people of this land, people that he claims to be a part of. If he doesn’t spend more of our tax-dollars attempting to find some loopholes around this decision, I’m sure he’ll figure out some other intrusive ways to screw over the Natives of Oklahoma, all in the name of pathetic payback.

And I’m sure we’ll beat him down again, unless the Creator does it first with the Covid-19…but I’m sure some hydroxychloroquine will clear that right up.

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49 Responses


  1. 1.4 mill, that’s about what the dumbfuck blew of taxpayer$s buying hydroxychloroquine


    1. Fighting (and paying lawyer fees) is the Oklahoma Standard. Somewhere there’s a total for all the pissed away money spent by Pruitt trying to defend unconstitutional (both US and OK) bills passed and signed by our troglodyte Failing administration. It seems reading comprehension is no longer a required skill – just shout louder, brandish a gun, and wrap yourself in fraud shroud.


    2. Maybe the Lawyers will trade stttt donaldchloroquine for billable hours?
      sttttt could show them the ticket on the pills. 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN DRUGS!!


  2. Louis, you really need to stick to food reviews. This is a hapless article that appears all you want
    to do is beat down Stitt. Horrible journalism !


    1. Trump and Stitt aka Dumb and Dumber. Kudos to the Native American


    2. If stating the facts is beating someone down, then the person being beat down should probably have not done what they did and they wouldn’t get beat down. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


    3. You mean bullstitt has done something that he should be given for praise?
      Feel free to enlighten us.


    4. Jan, what is your opinion of Stitt’s losing battles with the Tribes and the taxpayer money that he has wasted on lawyers fighting them? Do you praise him for this?

      Do believe that Louis (and so many others) are being too hard on Stitt by pointing out the obvious? If so, please explain.


    5. Are you mad because it’s so easy? Good thing the late night talk show boys only were interested for 1 night. I was thinking stttt could at least get us out of the top 5 in everything bad and bottom 5 in everything good but I’ll be damned we just entered the NYT top 10 in COVID case increase.
      I’m just happy to find someone who sees through the total bullshit and at least a handful of people who agree.
      Here’s a suggestion: Channel 9, Fox News, and the Daily Oklahoman, but I’m probably too late.


  3. I knew that when the tribes had both Frank Keating AND Brad Henry in ads supporting their position, that StittBilly was screwed…..


    1. Stitt’s “Indian War” wasn’t about whether the Tribal casino agreements were good or bad. Reasonable people could and did disagree about that. The “war” was about the plain language in the contracts.

      I don’t have a law degree, but I can understand plain English. The contract language that was available widely in news media was not at all ambiguous, and not even a battalion of high-priced lawyers could convince the courts otherwise. No more broken treaties!

      This is just one problem of an elected businessman inexperienced in government pledging to “run government like a business.” In a business, the owner/CEO commands and the entire organization follows obediently. The executive branch of an American government entity has no such power of command. If the executive is a slow learner, disaster follows before long.


  4. It’s the Uncle Tom, Tío Tomás, Uncle Tomahawk Syndrome. If I embrace the bigotry against my own local group, then it doesn’t apply to me. Such stupidity is even easier to promote when you have the reading comprehension of a beet.


  5. Thanks for the article Louis. So, I’m a white guy whose line goes back to God knows what kind of people and as such I get to pay over $500 a month for so so medical coverage. Tribal members have a proud heritage and are provided medical coverage and BONUS get to laugh at Schtittle as he farts fumes in the cement pond. Serendipity?


  6. your statement” “which is rich considering how much land the government has stolen from original owners of this state” prompts a question:

    who were the tribes in Oklahoma prior to the Trail of Tears and were their lands taken from them by other tribes that were relocated here?
    I know it was all orchestrated by the Fed but what happened to the tribes that were already here?

    genuinely curious

    also – i didn’t know the tribes made 4.5 BILLION from gaming revenue. wow!
    not knowing the population of the tribes I would also be curious as to how much per tribal member that is. I would think it’s substantial!

    I have good friends that had their college paid for with monthly stipends among other things but that was way before the casinos.


    1. Mostly Osage.


      1. found this on the OK historical society page:

        Tribes native to present-day Oklahoma region:
        Caddo
        Osage
        Wichita

        it would be interesting to know if there were conflicts with the other tribes moving in and how they were resolved.


        1. The Caddos arrived after being expelled from East Texas after Texas independence. The Wichitas, were a little farther to their west. Wichita Falls and Wichita, Kansas, indicate stopping points before their eventual settlement here.

          The Comancheria extended from the Arkansas River to the Rio Grande. The Oklahoma plains were within the Comanches’ domain. The Kiowas were early allies. They and the Cheyennes had some battles out west of Woodward before both sides realized the tribes had a common enemy.

          In 1833, the Osage wandered over and slaughtered a Kiowa village west of the Wichita Mountains (the Cutthroat Gap Massacre) while most of the able-bodied Kiowa men were out looking for Utes to fight. The Osage were also major depredators during Custer’s attack on Black Kettle’s Cheyenne village. (The enemy of my enemy is my friend — temporarily.)

          The site of the old Indian City U.S.A. south of Anadarko was also the site of an 1862 massacre of southern-sympathizing Tonkawas by Union-leaning Shawnees and other tribes from eastern Indian Territory.

          Narrow-visioned tribalism is destructive regardless of the continent upon which it occurs.


          1. great info!

            I appreciate the historical perspective and the links to modern sites
            thank you.


    2. Dear “genuinely curious”:

      Those Tribes weren’t force-marched to California. Like the other Tribes, many of their descendants are still here. All of them share the legacy of stolen land. All of them.

      What the hell was your point?


      1. Graychin –
        do you have to consciously work at being the biggest asshole on TLO or does it come naturally?

        I was just asking a question dude.

        I appreciate the others who responded to my question with some good info that I didn’t know. Learned something new.


        1. option a, although I usually don’t agree with your comments, my impression was that you asked meaningful questions and were genuine in your desire to learn. You have my respect for that as well as for the gratitude you expressed to those who answered your questions. Thank you for stating your genuine curiosity.

          You have to admit that isn’t what we are used to reading when we see option a made a comment on here. ;-D That said, I am glad you asked and that at least you and I learned the answers.

          I just wanted to say that although I have been following this site for many years, this is the first time I’ve ever commented here. I enjoy the posts as well as the commentary from all, and I learn something new about Oklahoma all the time while visiting this site. I’m not a native of this state, but I have been here for nearly 15 years. Peace, everyone!


        2. Another fact for you to learn today: when you are genuinely curious, Google is a valuable friend.


    3. There is a big difference between revenue and profit; however, it still equates to a large sum of money. The majority of tribes do not pay this directly to tribal citizens, but rather reinvest and provide much needed services to advance and support their people in addition to their local communities. It really is a beautiful model.


  7. I can’t blame Stitt for seeking additional revenue for the state. I would be nice if also was more aggressive with getting more from the oil and natural gas companies as well. I am also not sure when those contracts are up for renewal. It will be interesting to see what happens when they are.


    1. Bullies punch down, he’s too much a coward to anger Harold Hamm.


      1. if only you had done as much for this state as Harold Hamm…


        1. Making oneself rich and trying to cover up the cause of earthquakes isn’t what most folks consider public service.


        2. Please enumerate that which Hamm has directly done that has resulted in good things for OK.

          Then do the same for George Kaiser.

          Compare and contrast.


    2. I’m thinking if he came after the oil and gas folks he’d have stacks of rigs parked behind his house.
      I’m thinking just about everyone except oil thieves and farmers have had about all they want.


  8. “We look forward to continuing to serve our tribal members by providing health care, education and jobs in the communities where we live and work.”

    I wasn’t aware that IHS is funded by the tribes.


    1. You’re saying that the only health care that members of any tribe receives is through the IHS?
      Are you sure about that?


      1. I didn’t say that at all. Read again.


        1. You’re right, I assumed that your cryptic “just asking questions here” comment about the IHS meant you were saying that since Tribes don’t fund the IHS, them saying they paid for health for their members was incorrect.

          If that’s not what you meant, go ahead and clarify that your goal wasn’t to say that tribes don’t fund health for tribal members.


    2. The IHS is not funded by the Tribes. Many Tribes have their own health services in addition to IHS facilities.


  9. Things I’ve noticed through the years:

    1) Every white person in Oklahoma claims to have “some Indian blood.”

    2) The boys in charge of things have a long history of going back on their agreements with Native people.

    3) However, all these white folks with “Indian blood” don’t do any protestin’ when it comes to contractual rip-offs with Native tribes.

    4) So I guess maybe they don’t have THAT much “Indian blood,” after all.


    1. “Every white person” isn’t quite accurate. My white grandparents homesteaded for a while near Anadarko, and my two aunts were born in Indian Territory. Yet I have no Native American ancestry at all that I know of.

      Stitt’s membership in the Cherokee Nation is nothing more than a convenience to him when he runs for office. I doubt that he has any reverence at all for his Native ancestors. He seems to care less about it than most folks who claim “Indian blood.”


      1. I thought Stitt didn’t have any Cherokee blood, his uncle was able to get on the rolls through illegal means? Any idea?

        Was always told my great grandfather was “Indian” but recent testing shows no trace. Had a slow realization that my grandmother was illegitimate, it explained so much strange family history.


        1. https://www.hcn.org/articles/indigenous-affairs-the-cherokee-nation-once-fought-to-disenroll-gov-kevin-stitts-ancestors


        2. If you did the testing through Ancestry or 23&Me, it’s not entirely accurate. My dad’s great-grandmother was 100% Native American and Ancestry doesn’t show any for him. They don’t have enough samples in their database.


  10. It probably should have been renegotiated but ol Henry and cronies wrote up a terrible agreement. But an agreement is an agreement and Stitt shouldn’t be an idiot.


  11. Nice Article Mr.Lewis!


  12. He’s had a bad couple weeks; losing the court battles, losing tesla, getting coranavirus and generally being a dumbass. As Patton would say, ‘Poor dumb bastard’.


  13. Let’s see=a mil & a half for shyster lawyer buddies fees plus another two million for some snake oil drug his grifter idol conned him in to buying, all with our taxpayer bread. When is he gonna pass out the red “Make Oklahoma Broke Again” caps?


    1. Just be happy we didn’t get a Clorox mfg. plant.


  14. Serves the idiot right. Jack Walton, here I come!


    1. Lost Ogle moles should investigate if Gov. Stitt called State Dept. Of Education Board Members the night before last week’s Board neeting and told them how he wanted them to vote the next day. This would be a major violation of the Open Meeting Act.


  15. Anyone who thinks the Native Americans have been compensated for what the U.S. took from them by allowing them to have a few casinos has no comprehension of 4th grade arithmetic. To the victors go the spoils. That’s the way they have been and are still being treated.


  16. It’s amazing how ignorant Stitt is; he makes CNN nearly every week for something the rest of the country thinks is stupid.


  17. Stitt should be more worried that the recent Supreme Court ruling about Tribal Lands would mean the tribes don’t owe the state anything. The casinos are on THEIR land.

    It’s just a thought that occurred to me. Probably one thing has nothing to do with the other.

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