(Stroud, Oklahoma) – The Business Committee of the Sac and Fox Nation unanimously voted to pass a resolution that states the Nation will not request to renegotiate the terms of the Tribal-State Gaming Compact. The resolution, voted on during a Business Committee meeting on July 24, 2019, responds to Oklahoma Governor Stitt’s statements regarding the compact.
The resolution further affirmed that the compact’s evergreen provision is clear and provides for the automatic renewal of the compact on January 1, 2020.
Principal Chief Justin F. Wood stated, “The Sac and Fox Nation remains dedicated to protecting the interests of our tribal members. Our gaming facilities provide much needed employment opportunities in central Oklahoma. In rural Oklahoma, the casinos are the cornerstone of economic growth. Increasing the exclusivity fees in the compact will negatively impact the Sac and Fox people, so I strongly oppose any proposed increase. The compact will automatically renew on January 1st; any other interpretation is legally inadequate. The Sac and Fox Nation already contributes to Oklahoma’s economy, infrastructure, and culture and will continue to do so.”
The Sac and Fox Nation is a federally recognized tribal nation of over 4,000 enrolled members. The Nation is led by the Business Committee, comprised of five elected officials: Principal Chief Justin F. Wood, Second Chief Audrey Rose Lee, Secretary Jacklyn King, Treasurer Jared King, and Committee Member Robert Williamson. The Nation’s jurisdiction lies in portions of Payne, Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties, with the capitol complex located outside of Stroud.