Poarch Band of Creek Indians face suit from Strange

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's office filed suit against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians this morning.

In a statement released this morning, Strange is quoted as saying, "I have lobbied Congress to stop the expansion of Indian gambling to new areas, and I have filed a brief in the Alabama Supreme Court to oppose the Poarch Band's efforts to use its land for gambling. {}As I have said many times, my office will use every tool at its disposal to stop illegal gambling in Alabama, wherever it is located. This lawsuit against the Poarch Band is one of those tools."{}

His goal is to stop the operation of slot machines at casinos owned by the group. {}He filed it in Elmore County Circuit Court. {}Defendants named include{}PCI Gaming Authority and the individual members of the Poarch Band's Tribal Council and Gaming Authority.

The statement from the AG's offices acknowledges that police officers can't enforce state law on Indian lands, but Strange argues "that the Poarch Band still has an obligation to comply with state laws that prohibit slot-machine gambling."

ABC 33/40 has put a call in to the Chairman of{}Poarch Band of Creek Indians. {}So far, we have not heard back.

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