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Aide Says Alabama Governor will Act

30 June 2000

MOBILE, ALABAMA – June 30, 2000 – As reported by the Mobile Register: "The Poarch Creek Indians are pushing forward with plans to open a $100 million casino near Wetumpka at Hickory Ground, according to U.S. Reps. Terry Everett, R-Enterprise, and Bob Riley, R-Ashland.

"…According to a news release from Everett and Riley on Thursday, the casino would be operated by Harrah's Entertainment on the site purchased in 1980 using $165,000 in grant money for historical preservation.

"The Alabama Historical Commission entered into a covenant with Poarch Creeks to secure the grant under the condition that the land - once the Creek Nation's headquarters before Indian Removal in 1832 - be used as a cultural center to study the tribe's heritage. That covenant expires on July 3, and the congressmen claim the tribe will proceed with the casino plan over the objections of local residents and state officials unless the governor stops the construction.

"…Carrie Kurlander, spokeswoman for Gov. Don Siegelman's office, said the governor is `adamantly opposed' to casino gambling in any form in the state of Alabama and will take whatever steps necessary to stop it..."

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