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American Indian Law Review
LOTTERY LOGISTICS: THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF A STATE LOTTERY ON INDIAN GAMING IN OKLAHOMA
2002 / 2003
27 Am. Indian L. Rev. 515
Steve J. Coleman *
Brad Henry was sworn in as Oklahoma's twenty-sixth Governor on January 13, 2003. 1 His journey to the State Capitol was an unlikely one. After securing the Democratic nomination with an upset victory in the primary, the Shawnee Senator utilized his plan for an education lottery to supplement his early momentum and overcome Republican candidate Steve Largent to win Oklahoma's gubernatorial election. 2
Henry believes that a state-operated education lottery will generate funds of approximately $ 300 million to $ 500 million for the state. 3 This money would be used to improve public schools, raise teacher salaries, and provide tuition-free scholarships for college students. 4 Oklahoma is currently facing a $ 677 million revenue shortfall 5 and education, perhaps more than any other area, is feeling the effect as an increasing amount of Oklahoma teachers are being laid off, class sizes are growing, school supplies are dwindling, school days are being shortened, and extracurricular activities are being slashed. Given the situation, it is no surprise that Henry's plan for an education lottery has received strong support from Oklahomans. 6 A state lottery potentially benefits many groups of Oklahomans: teachers, students, parents, coaches, school administrators, staff members, and Indians. That's right, Brad Henry's plan for an education lottery has the potential to substantially benefit Oklahoma Indian tribes by providing an avenue to operate casino-style games on Indian land in Oklahoma. This aspect of the lottery fuels much of the debate as to whether the State of Oklahoma should ...
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