The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) has voted to suspend two of its members after they signed new gaming compacts to offer Class III games, including sports betting, in the US state.
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation have had their membership put on hold, following a vote by the OIGA board and membership to amend its bylaws to allow the suspension.
Under the amendment, the OIGA may now temporarily remove a member until the end of a calendar year if it is ruled that the tribe’s conduct is not in the best interest of the organization. After the suspension ends, the tribe can then seek reinstatement as a member, subject to a vote by the board.
“This was a difficult decision to make, but it was the correct one,” OIGA chairman Matthew Morgan said. “The OIGA works best when its membership can speak frankly and with the trust that all members are working together to support our industry as a whole.”