The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) has amended its bylaws and suspended the membership of the Otoe Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation.

The board and membership of OIGA voted to amend its bylaws and remove two tribal members from the organization.

The amendment to the bylaws is as follows: A member tribe found by a vote of the Board of conduct not in the best interest of the Association may be suspended for the remainder of the calendar year. Once the suspension has expired, the tribe may seek reinstatement of membership, which shall be voted on by the board.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but it was the correct one. Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association works best when its membership can speak frankly and with the trust that all members are working together to support our industry as a whole,” Matthew L. Morgan, Chairman of OIGA, said.