Oklahoma’s Governor Jevin Stitt is all set to contest the lawsuit filed by three of the most powerful tribes in the state.
The state Governor has hired an out-of-state law firm to represent him in the court in the lawsuit filed by the native Indian tribes seeking the court’s intervention in a feud between the state governor and the tribal casino operators.
Earlier in the week, three of the most powerful tribes in Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the state governor Kevin Stitt demanding that their compacts with the state be renewed for another term of 15 years.
The Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations have filed a lawsuit against the state governor and have sought the court to intervene to help them settle an ongoing dispute over tribal casinos in the state.
While the tribal casino operators have been in talks with the governor it didn’t work out. The attempts and offers by governor Stitt were not able to stir the casino operators who remain firm on having their compacts renewed automatically for another term of 15 years.
Now the matter is in court and Governor Stitt has hired Perkins Coie, a legal firm to represent him. According to an Associated Press report, the State Governor would be paying up to $300,000 to honor the contract for legal services and an hourly attorney fee of $750 per hour.
When asked about the move to hire out of state law firm, Gov. Stitt spokeswoman Donelle Harder said that it is how such matters are usually handled. He also said that they had chosen Perkins Coie as it had recently settled the gaming compacts disputes in New Mexico.