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TRIBES SEEK SHARE OF TURNPIKE REVENUE

OCPA By Ray Carter May 22, 2024


Because many tribal car tags are effectively unregistered with the state of Oklahoma, drivers with tribal tags have run up millions of dollars in unpaid tolls on state turnpikes in recent months that cannot be collected.

Now a tribal official says tribes are willing to end that problem—but only if the Oklahoma state government agrees to divert potentially millions of dollars in turnpike revenue to tribal governments, effectively negating any financial benefit from the collection of tolls on drivers with tribal tags.

“If we’re going to share our information, then we need to talk about sharing revenue,” said Sharon Scott, president of the Oklahoma Intertribal Tax Association and the executive director of the Seminole Nation’s business and regulatory commission.

Scott made her comments at a recent meeting of the legislative Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations.


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