10 Things to Know Today: South Dakota to meet with tribal leaders
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
1. AFTER THE PIPELINE
South Dakota's State-Tribal Relations body is meeting in Pierre to discuss ways the state can work with tribal governments.
Tuesday's meeting is the first since tension between Gov. Kristi Noem and some tribes over laws passed aimed at potential protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. Noem pushed for the laws, and the Oglala Sioux subsequently banned her from the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Rep. Shawn Bordeaux, a Democrat from Mission, says the meeting is an opportunity to discuss how the state and tribes can move forward.
South Dakota recently settled a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over the law, agreeing not to enforce some of its aspects.
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5. WHAT'S ON THE LINE FOR IMMIGRANTS
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6. CONGRESS HAS UNFINISHED BUSINESS
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9. NATION'S MIDSECTION BRACES FOR BITTER COLD
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10. OKLAHOMA TRIBES PASS ON ARBITRATION
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's 35 tribal nations with casinos have rejected arbitration in a dispute with the state over whether existing gaming compacts automatically renew at the end of the year.
The Tulsa World reports that the tribes say in a letter to state Attorney General Mike Hunter that they remain unified in the belief the compacts renew.
Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has said the 15-year-old compacts expire at the end of the year and wants to renegotiate them to give the state a larger share of casino revenue.
The tribes pay fees of between 4 percent and 10 percent of a casino's net revenue and receive exclusive rights to operate casinos in the state. The fees generated nearly $139 million for the state last year.
Stitt spokeswoman Baylee Lakey said the governor is disappointed the tribes declined arbitration. Hunter's office declined comment.