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Alabama tribe still fighting for casino

20 May 2008

ALABAMA -- As reported by the Press-Register: "With decades of failed attempts to get lucrative casino gaming approved on Indian lands in Alabama, Poarch Creeks show no signs of giving up. But neither does the State of Alabama when it comes to blocking slot machines and card games, as an ongoing lawsuit attests.

"Alabama Attorney General Troy King filed a suit last month against the federal agency that oversees Indian affairs, claiming that it was trying to overstep its authority and interfere with Alabama's sovereign right to ban certain kinds of gambling.

"Poarch Creeks joined the lawsuit on the federal agency's side, saying they have a right to hold any types of gaming allowed elsewhere in the state as federal law provides.

"Poarch Creek Indian Tribal Chairman Buford Rolin said Friday the tribe is only trying to get permission to do what many in the state do regularly without permission.

"...The casino gaming would allow the tribe to compete better with gaming elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, Rolin said, with hundreds of millions in revenue to the tribe and Atmore area at stake..."

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