Poarch Band of Creek Indians http://apr.org en Poarch Creeks Elect First Female Council Chair http://apr.org/post/poarch-creeks-elect-first-female-council-chair <p>The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has elected its first female tribal chair.</p><p>Tribe officials said in a statement Tuesday that Stephanie A. Bryan has been elected to serve as the tribe's new leader. Officials say Bryan is replacing Buford L. Rolin, who is retiring.</p><p></p><p>In a statement, Bryan says she's humbled that the tribe's general council has put faith and confidence in her leadership abilities.</p><p>Officials say Bryan has served as the vice chair of the Poarch Creek Indians Tribal Council since 2006, and has held leadership roles on numerous boards and committees.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:34:40 +0000 Associated Press 53666 at http://apr.org Poarch Creeks Elect First Female Council Chair Poarch Creeks Give $750,000 To Hubbard AG Campaign http://apr.org/post/poarch-creeks-give-750000-hubbard-ag-campaign <p></p><p>The Poarch Creek Band of Indians has made a major contribution to state Rep. Joe Hubbard's campaign for Alabama attorney general.</p><p>Al.com reports that the Poarch Creek Band this week gave $750,000 to Hubbard's campaign through three political action committees.</p><p>The donations give the Democratic challenger more than $1 million in cash-on-hand for his race against incumbent Attorney General Luther Strange.</p><p>Strange reported $1,449,928 in cash-on-hand in his most recent campaign finance report.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:04:37 +0000 The Associated Press 51658 at http://apr.org Poarch Creeks Give $750,000 To Hubbard AG Campaign Judge Rules in Favor of Indian Casinos in Alabama http://apr.org/post/judge-rules-favor-indian-casinos-alabama <p>A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state which challenged the rights of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to operate three casinos in <font color="red">Alabama</font>.</p><p>The Montgomery Advertiser <a href="http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20140412/NEWS02/304120030/Judge-s-ruling-favors-Creek-casinos?nclick_check=1" target="_blank">reports</a> that U.S. District Court Judge Keith Watkins ruled Friday that the state has no authority to prohibit the activity on Indian lands.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:59:22 +0000 Associated Press & Montgomery Advertiser 50142 at http://apr.org Judge Rules in Favor of Indian Casinos in Alabama Tribe Gives $250,000 To Attorney General Candidate http://apr.org/post/tribe-gives-250000-attorney-general-candidate <p>The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is contributing heavily to the Democratic challenger for attorney general, who has criticized Attorney General Luther Strange's legal action against the tribe.</p><p>Montgomery Rep. Joe Hubbard filed campaign finance reports this week showing he received $250,000 from political action committees funded by the tribe.</p><p>The money represents the bulk of the $326,827 that Hubbard raised in the first month of his campaign for attorney general.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:55:11 +0000 The Associated Press 48024 at http://apr.org Tribe Gives $250,000 To Attorney General Candidate Alabama's Largest Casino Opening In Wetumpka http://apr.org/post/alabamas-largest-casino-opening-wetumpka <p></p><p>The Poarch Creek Indians say Wind Creek Wetumpka features 85,000 square feet of casino space with more than 2,500 electronic games. A centerpiece of the new casino is a 16,000-gallon shark tank. The property includes five restaurants, as well as a 20-story hotel that will start opening in stages. The ribbon cutting is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.</p><p>The new hotel and casino replace a smaller casino in Wetumpka. The $246 million attraction is larger than the tribe's Wind Creek Atmore, which had featured the state's largest casino.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:32:21 +0000 The Associated Press 43470 at http://apr.org Alabama's Largest Casino Opening In Wetumpka AEA, Drummond, Creeks Among Big 2014 Donors http://apr.org/post/aea-drummond-creeks-among-big-2014-donors <p></p><p>The state teachers' organization, a mining company and an Indian tribe that operates casinos are among the top campaign contributions in Alabama for next year's elections.</p><p>Campaign finance records show the Alabama Education Association has donated $770,000 to candidates since June. AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry said the group is donating to Democrats and Republicans who support public education.</p><p>The Birmingham-based Drummond Co. has donated $489,000. That included $25,000 donations to both Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:55:16 +0000 The Associated Press 43380 at http://apr.org AEA, Drummond, Creeks Among Big 2014 Donors Ala Black Caucus Critical of Casino Raid http://apr.org/post/ala-black-caucus-critical-casino-raid <P>Members of Alabama's legislative black caucus are criticizing the state's latest crackdown on the VictoryLand casino at Shorter.</P> <DIV> <P>State Rep. Pebblin Warren of Tuskegee says a raid at VictoryLand is unfair to Macon County residents who voted to legalize bingo.</P> <P>She says it's also unfair that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians continue operating their three casinos when VictoryLand is shutdown.</P> <P>State Rep. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:28:19 +0000 The Associated Press 25285 at http://apr.org Ala Black Caucus Critical of Casino Raid Poarch Band, McGregor Respond To Suit, Raid http://apr.org/post/poarch-band-mcgregor-respond-suit-raid <P>Gambling operators say the state is overstepping its bounds by trying to shut down four casinos in Alabama.</P> <P>The Poarch Band of Creek Indians says the state lacks the power to shut down its three electronic bingo operations in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka.</P> <P>The state filed suit Tuesday claiming the gambling centers are illegal.</P> <P>And an attorney for VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor says the state's raid on the east Alabama casino is improper. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:32:15 +0000 The Associated Press 25261 at http://apr.org Poarch Band, McGregor Respond To Suit, Raid State of Ala Sues to Close 3 Indian Casinos http://apr.org/post/state-ala-sues-close-3-indian-casinos <p>The state of Alabama is trying to shut down Indian casinos in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka.</p><div><p>Attorney General Luther Strange's office filed suit Tuesday against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.</p><p>The lawsuit asks a court to stop the use of illegal slot machines at the group's Wind Creek Casino in Atmore, the Creek Casino in Montgomery and the Creek Casino in Wetumpka.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:33:51 +0000 The Associated Press 25222 at http://apr.org State of Ala Sues to Close 3 Indian Casinos Tribe Files Lawsuit to Stop Ala. Casino Expansion http://apr.org/post/tribe-files-lawsuit-stop-ala-casino-expansion <P>(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)</P> <P>A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the $246 million expansion of a hotel and casino, saying the construction desecrates ancestral and ceremonial land.</P> <P>The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Montgomery.</P> <P>Muscogee Creeks say Poarch Creeks excavated 57 sets of human remains and reburied them to develop a 20-story hotel and casin Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:32:28 +0000 The Associated Press 21900 at http://apr.org Tribe Files Lawsuit to Stop Ala. Casino Expansion Indian Tribe Halts Construction Of Casino Complex http://apr.org/post/indian-tribe-halts-construction-casino-complex Leaders of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have agreed to stop construction of a planned 20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka. The Poarch Band and the Muscogee Nation of Creek Indians said in statements that construction stopped on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Muscogee Nation had objected to the project. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:44:22 +0000 The Associated Press 19419 at http://apr.org Indian Tribe Halts Construction Of Casino Complex Oklahoma Tribe Opposes Creek Casino In Alabama http://apr.org/post/oklahoma-tribe-opposes-creek-casino-alabama An Indian tribe in Oklahoma wants Alabama's Poarch Creek Indians to halt plans to build a 20-story hotel and casino on tribal land in Wetumpka. The Muscogee Nation has historic ties to the land and is objecting to the graves of its ancestors being exhumed and moved to make way for the expansion by the Poarch Creeks. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:16:21 +0000 Associated Press 16188 at http://apr.org Oklahoma Tribe Opposes Creek Casino In Alabama A Supreme Court Case Puts Escambia County at Odds with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians http://apr.org/post/supreme-court-case-puts-escambia-county-odds-poarch-band-creek-indians <p>Wind Creek Casino, owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, is at the heart of rising tension between the tribe and Escambia County commissioners. Robert McGhee is the Governmental Affairs advisor for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He says since the casino opened the tribe has experienced a large boon in revenue. McGhee says a fact that hasn&rsquo;t been lost on the county&hellip;</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:39:22 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 14676 at http://apr.org A Supreme Court Case Puts Escambia County at Odds with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians