Tue June 19, 2012
Creeks, Lawyer Disagree On Supreme Court Ruling
Montgomery, AL – The Poarch Creek Indians and an attorney for a county commission trying to tax the tribe disagree about the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The court ruled Monday that a lawsuit seeking to shut down a Michigan tribe's casino can proceed in court. At issue is whether the casino could be built on tribal land taken into federal trust after the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
State Sen. Bryan Taylor, who is a lawyer representing the Escambia County Commission, says it's a green light to tax the tribe because the Creek land went into trust after 1934.
Tribal attorney Venus Price says that it's a narrow ruling that does not impact the tribe's land.
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