Oklahoma's cultural history and rich partnerships with tribal governments have been a benefit to all Oklahomans. Senate District 35 lies within the reservation boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation which operates the RiverSpirit Casino Resort in the district, employing over 1600 people and providing entertainment options drawing people from Tulsa and beyond. We must continue to strengthen relations with co-sovereigns as tribes are the best friends that Oklahoma has ever had. Tribes make dedicated investments in Oklahoma public life, education, infrastructure, and healthcare. These services are incredibly vital as the state legislature has slashed state revenue over the last decade resulting in cuts to schools, roads, rural health, and public services. As a Cherokee citizen, Carly understands what targeted investments in public services can mean for communities and people and how tribes like Cherokee Nation and Muscogee (Creek) Nation are economic drivers for Oklahoma. When the state and tribes work together, everyone wins.
Governor Stitt's dispute with tribes over the gaming compact is short-sighted and ill-advised. While Carly is a licensed attorney, it doesn't take a law degree to read the plain language of the agreement between the tribes and state. The compact language is clear: Electronic gaming at racetracks was reauthorized, triggering the compact's automatic renewal clause. Annually, gaming tribes directly remit to the state the equivalent of over $400 per person in Oklahoma. No other state, per capita, receives as much funding from tribes as Oklahoma. Carly will work to protect the mutual benefits to the state and tribes alike resulting from all tribal compacts.