Poarch Band of Creek Indians Lawsuit
Lawyers for the State of Alabama and a casino-operating Indian tribe argued before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over whether the state can take the tribe to court over its gambling operations. A three-judge panel heard arguments in Alabama's appeal Tuesday after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The state attorney general's office says the tribe is operating illegal slot machines, which are not allowed without a compact with the state. Tribe lawyer Adam Charnes said Alabama has no jurisdiction on Indian land. He said a federal commission decides whether the machines are bingo games, which are allowed with a compact, or slot machines. The tribe has three casinos in Alabama.