Oklahoma governor hires law firm for gambling fight

Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is hiring an out-of-state law firm to represent him in his ongoing dispute with Native American tribes over casino gambling. Stitt, a Republican, announced Friday the hiring of Seattle-based Perkins Coie to advise his office in his attempt to renegotiate the state’s gaming compacts with the tribes. Three of the most powerful tribes in the state sued Stitt in federal court last week after Stitt contended the tribes would be operating illegally after Jan. 1. The two sides are locked in a dispute about whether the existing compacts expired on that date.