Attorney General Troy King has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Interior in an effort to keep it from allowing the Poarch Creek Indians to expand their gambling operations in Alabama. The federal court suit, filed in Mobile, seeks to block the Department from negotiating with the Indians to have new types of gambling. The tribe currently operates electronic bingo games in Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery, but does not have slot machines and table games commonly found in casinos. The Attorney General said the Department of the Interior intends to resume informal talks with the Creeks despite opposition from Alabama state officials.
Federal law allows federally recognized Indian tribes to conduct any type of gambling that is legal in a state, which in Alabama includes paper and electronic bingo. State governors and Indian tribes can reach a compact allowing Indians to conduct other types of gambling. The Poarch Creek Indians first sought to negotiate with Gov. Guy Hunt in 1991, but those talks broke down. Since that time, no governor has agreed to a compact to expand the Creeks’ gambling to casino-style games.
Source: Associated Press
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