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Judge Rules in Favor of Poarch Band of Creek Indians Gaming

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April 16, 2014

A judgment was made in favor of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The tribe had been sued by the State of Alabama in regards to the tribes operation of their casino. A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the case.

The judge ruled that gaming that happens on tribal land cannot be regulated by the state. There is no state law that can prevent them from doing so.

The tribe owns land in Montgomery, Wetumpka, and Atmore. Based on the ruling, the tribe may be able to develop casinos in those areas.

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act allows for the Poarch Creeks to operate casinos on their land. The National Indian Gaming Commission enforced the act.

A request for an appeal is expected to be submitted by Luther Strange, Alabama Attorney General.

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