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News Release

Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma

Yesterday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt published the following in the Tulsa World:

Bill Anoatubby, released the following, and Quapaw Nation Chairman John L. Berrey weighed in with support for Governor Anoatubby’s position:

Statement to the Tulsa World, July 9, 2019 

The Governor’s position, as stated in his editorial and letter, came as a surprise to us. A position of this significance warrants respectful and purposeful conversations, particularly given the complexity of the compact and the law. We are evaluating the Governor’s letter and will consider our options. We have always placed a high value on the partnership we have enjoyed with the State of Oklahoma. The constructive relationship has benefited the economy and the citizens of Oklahoma. It is our hope to preserve this positive partnership so we can continue to work together for the betterment of our state. 

Bill Anoatubby, Governor

Chickasaw Nation

The Quapaw Nation fully supports the statement of the Chickasaw’s Nations Governor Anoatubby and we want to underscore that Oklahoma Tribal Nation Gaming collectively employs and provides benefits to Oklahomans more than any other industry in Oklahoma and we are Citizens of our Tribal Nations and citizens of this wonderful state of Oklahoma. Our sovereign status demands a respectful approach to any Government to Government interactions mindful of the many productive conversations that lead us to the original compacts and a clear understanding of our current and historic economic contributions that have enriched all Oklahomans. 

John L Berrey, Chairman 

Quapaw Nation Business Committee