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Alabama tribe continues fight

10 May 2007

BILOXI, Mississippi -- As reported by the Alabama Press-Register: "Members of the Alabama-based Poarch Band of Creek Indians have long been frustrated in their attempts to expand gambling at their three bingo parlors, including one in Atmore.

"During a break at the Southern Gaming Summit on Wednesday, an official from the tribe vowed to continue a two-year effort to get the federal government to intervene in its dispute with the state.

"...In Alabama, the Creek Indians run electronic bingo games featuring 'two-touch' machines at locations in Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery. The three locations operate a total of 2,100 machines and employ about 650 people.

"The tribe wants to offer faster 'one-touch' bingo machines and electronic poker games that Alabama racing magnate Milton McGregor is allowed to offer at his Birmingham racetrack.

"The federal Indian gaming law says basically that tribes, which are considered separate nations under U.S. law, can participate in forms of gambling that are legal in the states where they have reservations or tribal trust lands. The form of that participation is to be outlined in a compact between the state and tribe..."

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