Face-Off Over Gaming Compacts Amps Up, as Tribes Launch Marketing Campaign

The back-and-forth between the Oklahoma governor and Native American tribes over gaming compacts appears to be amping up: Some tribes have launched a multi-faceted media campaign promoting the benefits they bring to the state.

The United for Oklahoma campaign is staying away from policy discussions and instead focuses on jobs and economic impact. But the messages reflect what tribal leaders have already said about Gov. Kevin Stitt’s efforts to reopen discussions about compacts that fix the percentage cut of gaming revenue the state receives.

A website, unitedforoklahoma.com , and related Facebook page are live, the latter with more than 1,000 likes. At least one television promotion aired recently on OETA-TV, and an audio version aired on a public radio station. A video on the website shows rural and urban scenes and mentions the tribes’ efforts to benefit schools, health care and roads.


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