Osage Nation gears up for talks on new Class III gaming compact

Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear. Photo by Osage Nation

The agreement doesn't expire until 2020 but the Osage Nation is eager to start talking about a new Class III gaming compact with the state of Oklahoma.

Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear told News on 6 that the tribe is interested in offering more types of Class III games, like roulette, at its Osage Casino locations. Additional games could benefit Indian Country and the state, he said.

"That's how we can attract tourists to Oklahoma is to make the gaming environment more diverse and attractive to the out-of-state visitor," Standing Bear told News on 6. “So that is an economic force that is at play here, what keeps it going is a stable compact.”

Voters in Oklahoma approved Class III gaming in 2004. Since then, tribes have shared $1.1 billion with the state, which is home to more than 100 gaming facilities, the most of any state.

The first compacts that were signed and approved are due to expire on January 1, 2020.

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