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Federal government approves new state-tribal compacts

Ray Carter, Center for Independent Journalism The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has allowed two new state-tribal gaming compacts to take effect, a move that could result in greater competition in Oklahoma’s casino market and provide a higher share of gaming revenue to state government. The compact agreements were announced earlier this year thanks to […]

Slave-owning past remains problem for Choctaws

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, whose members owned Black slaves and fought on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War, is now opposing federal efforts to require that descendants of the tribe’s former slaves, called Freedmen, be given promised rights before the tribe can receive federal […]

McGirt decision could upend Oklahoma’s regulation, taxes

  Ray Carter, OCPAThink.org   A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reestablished Indian reservations in Oklahoma is creating broad uncertainty and threatens to result in regulatory chaos that will drive businesses away from the state, according to state leaders. “Businesses need certainty, and if we want businesses to locate in Oklahoma, they have to […]

McGirt chaos continues to grow

  Ray Carter, Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY – With jurisdictional chaos continuing to grow from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reestablished a tribal reservation in Oklahoma, Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Monday he will seek a ruling from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to ensure the state can still prosecute […]

Governor Kevin Stitt begins work on state-tribal jurisdictional issues

Ray Carter, Director, Center for Independent Journalism   Oklahoma City – To address state-tribal jurisdictional issues created by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Monday (January 20) the formation of the Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty. The group will study and recommend changes to state or federal law required due to […]

Schools disagree on definition of ‘significant medical condition’

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   Under Oklahoma’s school grading system, a measure of “chronic absenteeism” is one of the factors included in the calculation of schools’ A-F grades on state report cards. However, exceptions are allowed for students with significant qualifying medical conditions that result in long absences. In the 2017-2018 and […]

Schools’ Lobbying raises open-records concerns

  Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   During the 2018-2019 school year, four public school districts in Oklahoma hired contract lobbyists. In addition to raising concerns about government accountability and indirect funneling of taxpayer dollars to political campaigns, schools’ use of contract lobbyists may also reduce government transparency and sidestep open-records laws. Under […]

Tribal stances on gaming-fee increase contrast with past tax-increase position

  Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   In 2018, officials with the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma were among those endorsing the “Step Up Oklahoma” plan, which ultimately resulted in legislation that sought nearly $600 million in annual tax increases, including increased taxes on Oklahoma drivers’ purchases […]

Oklahomans paying to educate ‘ghost students’ in numerous districts

By Ray Carter   When news broke that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation had filed a search warrant accusing Epic Charter Schools of receiving state funding for “ghost students” who did not attend school through the online provider and, in one case, had even left the state the prior year, it understandably drew concern […]

OEA membership down 16 percent over five years

By Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   When thousands of Oklahoma teachers participated in union-led protests at the Capitol in 2018, some thought the event was a sign of increasing power for teacher unions. Yet newly released figures show the Oklahoma Education Association, the state affiliate of the National Education Association, continued to […]

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