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6:32 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Tribe Files Lawsuit to Stop Ala. Casino Expansion

(Information in the following story is from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)

This is a rendering of the expansion of the casino that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are building in Wetumpka.
Credit The Poarch Band of Creek Indians

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.


The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Montgomery.


Muscogee Creeks say Poarch Creeks excavated 57 sets of human remains and reburied them to develop a 20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka. They say the territory was once the capital of the Creek Nation. Muscogee Creeks say the remains should be returned to their original places.


A Poarch Creek tribal official tells the Montgomery Advertiser the tribe will respond once they have reviewed the lawsuit. Construction was expected to be completed by January of 2014.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.