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Oklahoma leaders say state relations are improving

Indian leaders in Oklahoma say relations with the state have improved in recent years.

Tax issues in the 1990s had the two sides fighting. The tribes and the state have since come to agreements on gasoline and tobacco sales although the state says there are still some problems with unpaid taxes.

The tribes and the state also signed gaming compacts. But the amount shared with the state hasn't been as high as expected, state officials say.

Meanwhile, tribes have found allies in the state Legislature. Tribes have become more active in the political system in hopes of fostering better relations.

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State, Indian tribes bolster partnership (The Oklahoman 10/31)

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