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Alabama Tribe, Harrah's Considering Casino Plans

26 August 2002

WETUMPKA, Alabama – As reported by the Associated Press: "The Poarch Creek Tribe and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. are considering plans to build a $100 million "gaming center" on the Coosa River in Wetumpka, tribal officials said.

"Tribal Chairman Eddie Tullis said he plans to work with the Las Vegas-based entertainment corporation to develop and operate a center that could open as soon as next year.

"Harrah's spokesman David Strow said Friday that the company has had a conditional agreement with the tribe since 1995 but could not comment on any pending deal.

"…The complex would be built on 50 acres of tribal land between U.S. 231 and the Coosa River, with about 1,000 high-stakes video gaming machines and a 200-room motel. A riverboat landing would allow boat travel from Montgomery.

"Tullis said he plans to have Harrah's design and operate the center, but it would be owned by the tribe.

"The key to opening the center would be a compact signed between state government and the tribe, Strow said…"

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