Chickasaw Nation inadvertently left off gaming compact notice

The Chickasaw Nation was inadvertently left off of a portion of a recent Federal Register notice that announced the approval of ball and dice games in Oklahoma.

The Chickasaws were among the first to embrace craps and roulette games last month. The August 17 notice included the "Chickasaw Nation" in a list of 11 tribes with updated Class III gaming compacts.

But in the portion of the notice that announced the "approval" of the compacts, the Chickasaw Nation was mistakenly "omitted," according to a new document published in the Federal Register on Tuesday. The tribe is now listed in both sections, making clear that its Class III gaming compact is indeed legal.

The oversight, however, did not prevent the tribe from rolling out craps and roulette games at two facilities immediately following the publication of the original August 17 notice. WinStar World Casino and Resort, a massive property near the Texas border, began promoting craps and roulette that same day while Riverwind Casino near Oklahoma City started pushing roulette a day later.

Overall, 13 tribes have been cleared by the BIA to offer ball and dice games, which became legal in Oklahoma on the expectation that the state will see an increase in revenues. The expansion was key issue earlier this year as public school teachers staged a walkout to demand more funding for schools, pay and benefits.

The 13 with updated agreements represent about a third of the tribes in Oklahoma with Class III gaming compacts, based on a list maintained by the BIA.

The Chickasaw Nation operates more casinos any other tribe in Oklahoma and in the United States.

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