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      Judi Lynn
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      Sean Murphy, Associated Press
      Updated 4:10 pm CST, Thursday, December 19, 2019

      OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders from nearly every Oklahoma-based Indian tribe that has a gambling compact with the state on Thursday rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt’s offer to extend the compacts for an additional eight months.

      Flanked by leaders from 32 separate tribes, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Matthew Morgan said the tribes are united in their rejection of Stitt’s offer.

      “We stand united today against the proposed extension by Gov. Stitt as utterly unnecessary, given the automatic renewal,” Morgan said.

      Stitt and the tribes are locked in a disagreement about whether the 15-year compacts between the tribes and the state expire on Jan. 1. Stitt says they do and wants to renegotiate for the state to get a larger slice of casino revenue.


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