Chief Batton Statement on Court Ruling That State Gaming Compacts Renewed on Jan. 1 for Another 15 Years

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton issued the following statement today on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruling in favor of the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and intervening tribes, that the gaming compacts with the state renewed on Jan. 1 for another 15 years.

"The Choctaw Nation is pleased with today's ruling. This is a great day! This is a strong affirmation of what we have known all along. The plain language of the compact stated that it renewed on January 1, 2020. We are grateful this issue has been resolved and are ready to put it behind us. We look forward to continuing to serve our tribal members by providing health care, education and jobs in the communities where we live and work."

— Chief Gary Batton, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma