Indian Tribe Wants to Own Gambling in Alabama

Alabama's only federally recognized tribe is urging state officeholders to explore a compact with the tribe as state legislators talk about gambling as a revenue source. Poarch Band Creek of Indians tribe governmental relations spokesperson Robert McGhee said the tribe feels it has a "better approach" than a proposal to put casinos at four state dog tracks. McGhee said casinos at the dog tracks would change the landscape of Alabama for not a significant amount of money. The Poarch Creeks operate casinos with electronic bingo games, which resemble slot machines, in Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery. McGhee said the tribe would like the exclusive right to run casinos in the state. The tribe has also expressed interest in getting a north Alabama site.


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