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Briefs in support of dismissal of Muscogee Creek Nation, et al. v. Porch Band of Creek Indians, et al., filed

The Porch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI), through their legal counsel of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP, filed a motion to dismiss the Muscogee Creek Nation, et al. v. Porch Band of Creek, et al., Case 2:12-cv-01079-MHT-CSC Document 76 Filed 02/06/13, in the Alabama Middle District Court on February 6, 2013.

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4/19/2016

article Racetrack seeking slots files legislative documents to boost case
(Florida) -- A north Florida racetrack seeking slot machines is going back into legislative history to bolster its case. Gretna Racing’s lawyer on Tuesday...
article VictoryLand bill falls short of Senate passage
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4/13/2016

article BLOG: Impeachment sponsor, Rep. Ed Henry, “somewhat of a nut”
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article Senate rejects constitutional amendment for Greene County bingo
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4/9/2016

article 1 injured in shooting at Wind Creek Casino's parking deck in Wetumpka
(Alabama) -- An investigation is underway by the Poarch Creek Tribal Police, along with Wetumpka and Elmore County law enforcement officials, following a shooting that...

4/7/2016

article Bentley weighs in on electronic bingo following AL high court ruling
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article OP/ED: Alabama's bingo conundrum
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article US attorney's gambling inquiry moves on to Indians
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4/6/2016

article PCI considering land purchase in Mississippi
(Mississippi) -- The Poarch Creek Indian gaming authority is considering the purchase of Mississippi land. “PCI Gaming Authority monitors events throughout the...

3/31/2016

article Update: Poarch Creek Indians buy casino site in D'Iberville
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3/30/2016

article Casino site in D’Iberville bought by Poarch Creek Indians
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article Poarch Band of Creek Indians buys Mississippi casino site
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3/29/2016

article Indian gaming group buys land in D'Iberville
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3/28/2016

article Strange Bedfellows / Poarch Band and Attorney General make an interesting team in Alabama
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3/24/2016

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3/23/2016

article VictoryLand, GreeneTrack bills approved by committees
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3/21/2016

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3/17/2016

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3/4/2016

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3/3/2016

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2/28/2016

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2/17/2016

article Poarch Creek Indians offered to give up blackjack for their own gambling compact
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2/13/2016

article Tuskegee mayor claims AG Strange is conspiring with the Indians to keep VictoryLand shuttered
(Alabama) -- Last November, when Governor Robert Bentley issued an executive order stripping Attorney General Luther Strange’s office of its authority to enforce...

2/4/2016

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1/26/2016

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(Florida) -- Four Florida legislators were picked up by a luxury bus at the Pensacola airport and driven to the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore, Alabama, were...

1/24/2016

article Black legislators' visit to Alabama casino raises eyebrows
(Florida) -- A luxury bus picked up four Florida legislators at the Pensacola airport and drove them an hour north to the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore, Ala. A...

1/23/2016

article Florida legislators' visit to Alabama casino is legal, but perception problem persists
(Florida) -- A luxury bus picked up four Florida legislators at the Pensacola airport and drove them an hour north to the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore, Ala. A...

1/19/2016

press release Employees Vote Wind Creek Hospitality One of the Best Casinos to Work For
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1/8/2016

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12/31/2015

article City of Gretna files brief in slots case, sides with local track
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12/27/2015

article Gadsden County points to high stakes in slots issue
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12/24/2015

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12/22/2015

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12/21/2015

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12/18/2015

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12/14/2015

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12/9/2015

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12/7/2015

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12/5/2015

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12/2/2015

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12/1/2015

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11/30/2015

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(Alabama) -- The $65 million expansion of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians' casino in Montgomery is nearing completion. According to AL.com, the expanded casino...
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(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is nearing completion of a $65 million upgrade to its casino in Montgomery, adding a five-story hotel and restaurants to...

11/25/2015

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11/24/2015

article Casino lights up decorations
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11/22/2015

article Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Montgomery Reduces Expenses with RFID Linen Management
(Alabama) -- The Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Montgomery has implemented the RFID Linen System from InvoTech Systems. The 123-room Wind Creek Hospitality casino hotel...

11/21/2015

press release InvoTech RFID Linen Management System Selected by New Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Montgomery to Reduce Expenses
(California) -- InvoTech Systems Inc. announced implementation of its RFID Linen System at the new Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Montgomery.

11/12/2015

article $65 million casino expansion almost complete at Creek Casino Montgomery
(Alabama) -- The Creek Casino Montgomery, soon to be known as the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Montgomery, has almost completed the new updates, costing the Poarch Band...
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(Alabama) -- Inspired by the colors, sights and sounds of Memphis’ famed Beale Street, Creek Casino Montgomery is undergoing a $65 million renovation that will...

10/16/2015

article Poarch Creeks continue work on $200M entertainment facility
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is building a $200 million entertainment and sports complex in Alabama. The Foley Sports Tourism Complex is located on 520...

10/4/2015

article Florida court reverses decision on Gretna pari-mutuel slots
(Florida) -- Friday, a May 1st District Court of Appeals decision that would have allowed slot machines at Gadsden County’s Gretna Racing pari-mutuel track,...

10/1/2015

article PCI, Escambia County meet in mediation
(Alabama) -- Parties with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and Escambia County met in mediation on Tuesday, and not much changed as a result of the meeting.

9/29/2015

article Poarch Creeks still fighting legal battles
(Alabama) -- Earlier this month, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out Alabama’s most recent attempt to stop the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from...

9/17/2015

article PCI responds to allegations of commissioner bribery
(Alabama) -- A statement from Poarch Band of Creek Indians tribal chair called recent accusations of the bribery of county officials “baseless” and “...
article Baumhower's to open new restaurant at Wind Creek Casino
(Alabama) -- Baumhower’s Restaurant fans will soon be able to enjoy the restaurant’s signature wings, Hot Lips, Gooey Fries, and ground chuck/ground beef...

9/16/2015

article Tribe releases statement in response to bribery claims
(Alabama) -- Poarch Creek Indians (PCI) Tribal Chair Stephanie Bryan released a statement today in response to the county tax assessor’s claims of bribery....

9/13/2015

article Alabama Governor Rejects Poarch Creek Offer While Tribe Wins Freedom
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians offered to pay Alabama $250 million in licensing fees for a new casino, but Governor Robert Bentley said that wouldn't...

9/9/2015

article Court rules in PCI case
(Alabama) -- United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has reached a decision in The State of Alabama versus PCI Gaming Authority and once again, the courts...

9/8/2015

article Poarch tribe still fighting Escambia County over casino's property taxes
(Alabama) -- Last week, a federal appeals court slapped down an attempt by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to close the state's three Indian casinos. Now, an...

9/5/2015

article Alabama’s reach does not extend to Poarch Creek casinos rules 11th Circuit
(Alabama) -- Alabama’s hopes to close casinos operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have been dashed by a federal appeals court. The state of Alabama does...

9/4/2015

article Rhode Island's casino loss leads to the Poarch Creeks' gambling gain
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's quest to shut down casinos at three tribal sites in the state came up short due in part to what happened in...
article Poarch Indians win gambling case, seek to expand to Florida
(Florida) -- An Indian tribe seeking to expand its gambling operation into Florida has won a key legal victory to keep open its Alabama casinos. On Thursday, the 11th U....

9/3/2015

article Appeals court rules in favor of Tribe
(Alabama) -- The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court’s opinion that the state cannot regulate gaming on tribal lands. A federal...
article Federal court rejects Alabama suit against Poarch Band
(Alabama) -- A federal appeals court Thursday rejected a state lawsuit aimed at removing electronic bingo machines from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’...
article Poarch Creek Indians Win Alabama Gambling Challenge
(Alabama) -- An appeals court has ruled against the State of Alabama’s attempt to close casinos operated by the Poarch Creek Indians of Atmore.
article Poarch Creeks secure major ruling in gaming dispute in Alabama
(Alabama) -- A federal appeals court handed a major victory to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in a gaming dispute with the state of Alabama.
article Poarch Creeks: Governor’s staff rejected gambling proposal
(Alabama) -- Northeastern Alabama would have become home to a large, Creek-run casino under a proposal floated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and rejected by the...
article Eight tips on how to enjoy yourself at Lake Tahoe's casinos — in a responsible way
(Nevada) -- Gambling. The concept that one can turn a single dollar into $100 with the pull of a handle on a slot machine or through the luck of a single number turning...

8/24/2015

article Big-money push for gambling expansion waits, eyes 2016
(Alabama) -- As the Alabama Legislature moves closer to the second Special Session, one possible solution to the predicted General Fund budget shortfall was seemingly...
article Massive casino upgrade takes shape
(Alabama) -- B.B. King died in May, but his legacy is still growing in Montgomery, a city that soon will be the new home for a line of eateries and nightspots that carry...

8/3/2015

article Barrel Racers Challenge Proposed Gambling Rules
(Florida) -- Three newly filed leal challenges accuse gambling regulators of overstepping their authority with proposed rules that would prohibit obstacles on horse...

7/30/2015

article Poll says majority of Alabamians want to vote on gambling issues
(Alabama) -- Few issues in Alabama politics are as polarizing as gambling, but one group says the majority of people around the state want to vote on the issue. The...

7/29/2015

article AL Indian Tribe concerned about possible gaming compact
(Alabama) -- As momentum builds across the state for pro-gaming and lottery legislation or a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to solve the state’s general...

7/22/2015

article Bentley denounces PCI offer
(Alabama) -- On Monday, July 20, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley publicly belittled an offer made by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) to assist with the state’s...
article Poarch Creek Indians response to Governor Bentley’s remarks
(Alabama) -- The following press release was issued Wednesday, July 22, by Poarch Creek Indian Tribal Chair/CEO Stephanie A. Bryan: Our Tribe is genuinely committed to...

7/21/2015

article Editorial: Dealing for a gambling solution
(Alabama) -- Gambling blurs lines — between ethics and morals, between politics and business, between friends and strangers. But states get involved in it, anyway...
article Gov. Bentley slams Poarch Creek over gambling compact ads
(Alabama) -- Governor Robert Bentley slammed the Poarch Creek Indians on Tuesday on their offer to help fill the state's $250 million budget shortfall. In recently...
article Gov. Bentley slams Poarch Creeks as 'disingenuous' about offer to bail state out of budget crisis
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley today slammed as "disingenuous" an offer being promoted in television ads by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians urging the state...

7/20/2015

article Gov. Bentley slams Poarch Creeks as 'disingenuous' about offer to bail state out of budget crisis
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley today slammed as "disingenuous" an offer being promoted in television ads by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians urging the state...

7/18/2015

article Poarch Creek Use Advertising Campaign To Promote Compact
(Alabama) -- No, it’s not a Spike Lee Joint. It’s the message of the new commercial and recent full-page newspaper ad from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians...

7/17/2015

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians push for gambling agreement
(Alabama) -- With a budget crisis looming (October 1st), legislators in the state of Alabama are being asked to consider a gaming agreement with the Poarch Band of Creek...

7/16/2015

article Casino-owning Indians offer Alabama state gaming agreement that includes revenue sharing
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is offering the state of Alabama $40-60 million each year as part of a revenue sharing agreement that would give the casino...
article Creek Indians appealing to public for their offer to bail out state
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article Fight to expand gambling builds ahead of special session
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article Marsh introduces gambling bill in Alabama special session
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article Poarch Band launches ad urging gambling compact
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians this week launched a new television ad urging the state to enter into a gambling compact with the tribe. The commercial...
article Poarch Band of Creek Indians launch TV ad: Gambling compact 'can help fix this deficit mess'
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has launched a new television ad urging the state to enter into a gambling compact with the tribe. The commercial debuted...

6/22/2015

article Fla. Racetrack Argues Against Rehearing On Slots Ruling [sub req]
(Florida) -- The owner of a Native American-operated racetrack near Tallahasee, Florida, that won a recent state appeals court decision ordering state regulators to...

6/21/2015

article Hubbard doesn't expect gambling bills to return during special budget seesion
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6/20/2015

article Birmingham woman wins $1 million jackpot at Wetumpka casino
(Alabama) -- A woman known only as "Irene" is the winner of a million-dollar jackpot, according to the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Wetumpka.

6/16/2015

article Horse Industry Officials: Gretna Slots Could Mean Lost Jobs
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6/13/2015

article Oklahoma Creeks oppose Alabama Indian gambling, Lee letters fail to sell
(Alabama) -- The descendants of Alabama Creeks forced to walk the Trail of Tears are urging Alabama's governor not to sign a gaming agreement with a tribe they say...

6/12/2015

article Descendants of Alabama Creeks urge Bentley not to sign gambling compact with Poarch Indians
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6/6/2015

press release Four Become Millionaires at Wind Creek
(Alabama) -- Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH) has made four lucky people into millionaires in less than two months at locations in Atmore and Wetumpka.

6/1/2015

article Court Rules Slots Should Be Allowed In Gretna
(Florida) -- A North Florida Appeals court has ordered the state to issue Creek Entertainment in Gretna a license to operate slot machines, but the state’s...
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5/31/2015

article Florida appeals court; Counties can okay slots
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5/30/2015

article Court Backs Slot Machines At Poarch Creek Racetrack
(Florida) -- In what could be a game changer in Florida’s gambling arena, an appeals court Friday ordered state regulators to allow slot machines at a Gadsden...
article Gretna, Gadsden continues push for slots approval
(Florida) -- Motorists today taking exit 174 off Interstate 10 in Gadsden County have little indication of the multi-million dollar investment by the Poarch Creek tribe...
article ANALYSIS: Poarch Creek bailout offer is complicated
(Alabama) -- As Alabama lawmakers consider options for the state to fill a reported $700 million General Fund budget, one of the many choices on the table is a proposal...

5/29/2015

article Governor Bentley sits down to discuss budget concerns
(Alabama) -- State lawmakers are facing some tough decisions, from raising taxes, to closing state parks and cutting back programs that help children, the elderly and...

5/28/2015

article PCI files legal action against tax assessor
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) has filed a legal action against Escambia County Tax Assessor Jim Hildreth, who has sought to tax the tribe’s...
article Poarch Creeks File Suit To Stop $23 Million Escambia County (AL) Taxation Attempt
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Creek Indians have filed a federal suit against Escambia County (AL) Tax Assessor James H. Hildreth, Jr. over his attempt to levy over $23...
article Tax assessor’s attorney responds to PCI suit
(Alabama) -- Spencer Bachus, an attorney for Escambia County Tax Assessor Jim Hildreth, released a statement Wednesday in response to the notice of a lawsuit filed...

5/27/2015

article PCI’s new resort – Tribe owns former Blue Collar project
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) has assumed control of the floundering Blue Collar Country entertainment project in Foley, providing a new direction...
article Poarch Creek Indians files suit against Escambia County official over tax audit
(Alabama) -- Alabama's only federally recognized Indian tribe is suing Escambia County Tax Assessor Jim Hildreth over his attempts to unlawfully assess taxes on...

5/24/2015

article Alabama's dilemma: choosing between gambling or taxes to plug budget deficit
(Alabama) -- Del Marsh doesn’t consider himself a betting man. Yet the longtime Republican official representing Anniston, Alabama, has placed his chips on a...

5/23/2015

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians Take Over Foley Entertainment Hub Project
(Alabama) -- When the Blue Collar Country Entertainment Complex was announced several years ago, it was hoped that it would be done by now, but due to financial...

5/22/2015

article Arguments Made For, Against Gambling in Alabama
(Alabama) -- Brent Thomas, a hardware store owner in Macon County, said the county had been devastated by the closure of VictoryLand bingo casino. Gambling opponent Joe...

5/21/2015

article Will gambling fix the budget or just protect the Poarch Creeks?
(Alabama) -- How far is the Poarch Band of Creek Indians willing to go to protect its gambling monopoly in Alabama? Just look at the way they're hedging their bets...

5/17/2015

article Poarch Creek proposal calls for exclusivity, table games for $250 million
(Alabama) -- As a bill that would allow Las Vegas-style gambling advances in the Alabama Senate, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians is sticking by its multimillion-dollar...
article Governor Robert Bentley talks about about the budget crisis and gambling bill
(Alabama) -- A bill to authorize a state lottery is headed to the Senate floor. It would also lead to casino gaming at all four existing dog tracks in the state. It...

5/16/2015

article Governor Robert Bentley talks about about the budget crisis and gambling bill
(Alabama) -- A bill to authorize a state lottery is headed to the Senate floor. It would also lead to casino gaming at all four existing dog tracks in the state....

5/13/2015

article Influential Ala. senator comes out in support of gambling expansion plan
(Alabama) -- Another influential Alabama Senate Republican has thrown his support behind expanding gambling as a solution to the state’s general fund budget woes,...
article Poarch Creeks oppose efforts to expand gaming in Alabama
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians opposes efforts to expand gaming in Alabama, Vice Chairman Robert McGhee said at a public hearing on Tuesday. Senate...
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(Nevada) -- The Washoe Tribe and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are working together on a gaming project. The Washoe Tribe broke ground on a $11.78 million travel...

5/12/2015

article Alabama gambling bill gets debate, no vote
(Alabama) -- It wasn’t exactly a pro v. con debate over gambling in a Senate committee Tuesday. While opponents of legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro...
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(Alabama) -- Gambling foes and proponents squared off at a public hearing in the Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee Tuesday. Eighteen people expressed their...
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(Alabama) -- The leader of the Alabama Senate postponed a vote Tuesday on a bill to create a state lottery after a public hearing on the measure led to a three-way tug...
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(Alabama) -- A public hearing is set for today on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow a lottery and casinos at the state's four greyhound tracks. The Senate...
article Sen. Del Marsh says he'll consider changes to Alabama lottery, casino plan
(Alabama) -- A Senate committee today heard pros and cons on a plan to allow a statewide vote on a lottery and casinos at the state's four dog race tracks but took...

5/11/2015

article Lottery, gambling proposal set for Senate debate Tuesday
(Alabama) -- If Alabama approves a state-sponsored lottery, it will be heading down a well-worn path – one trod by 44 states so far. But one element of the lottery...

5/10/2015

article State leaders look to Poarch Creeks for bailout as AG tries to shut casinos
(Alabama) -- Alabama's legislative leaders want the governor to seek an agreement with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for a state budget bailout even though the...

5/7/2015

article A Birmingham casino, budget shortfalls and the Poarch Creek: 7 things about gambling's future in Alabama
(Alabama) -- You know the financial times are bad in Alabama when Republicans are willing to gamble on a lottery. But with hands forced by crushing budget woes, Alabama...
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(Alabama) -- Almost three dozen Alabama legislators accepted campaign contributions from political action committees funneling money from the Poarch Creek Indians,...

5/6/2015

article Mayor Bell calls Marsh's gambling bill a "game changer"
(Alabama) -- Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican, may be an unlikely candidate to push gambling legislation, but the Anniston senator on Tuesday got...
article State: Marsh announces gambling bill, Poarch Creeks offer $250 million
(Alabama) -- Senator Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has offered his solution to the state of Alabama’s budget woes. Brian Lyman of the Montgomery Advertiser reported that...
article Will Alabama Force Poarch Band to Help Bail it Out of Budget Crisis?
(Alabama) -- Republican lawmakers in Alabama are looking to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to help with the state’s $541 million budget deficit crisis. On...
article PCI donates to UCP’s Camp SMILE
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians donated $50,000 to United Cerebral Palsy’s Camp SMILE located in Mobile County on Tuesday, April 28. Camp SMILE is...

5/5/2015

article Bill introduced to ban casinos from making contributions to Alabama politicians
(Alabama) -- Shortly after Alabama House of Representatives Republican Caucus released its budget plan that includes a deal with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, other...
article Bill would authorize casino gaming, lottery
(Alabama) -- A bill filed Tuesday in the Alabama Senate would allow casino gaming at several locations in the state and authorize a lottery, generating a combined $400...
article Could Alabama benefit from a compact with PCI?
(Alabama) -- The word “casino” conjures up images of Las Vegas-style glitz and glamour, and Alabama’s Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Wetumpka certainly...
article Has Alabama seceded from the Bible Belt?
(Alabama) -- They used to quote scripture to its completion in Montgomery: "The wages of sin is death." Now it's more like "the wages of sin is ......
article Marsh files gambling bill; House GOP backs Poarch compact
(Alabama) -- The leader of the Alabama Senate on Tuesday introduced legislation to create a state lottery, establish casino-type gaming at up to four locations in the...
article Sen. Del Marsh moves ahead with lottery and casino bill
(Alabama) -- Sen. Del Marsh said he would pursue a plan to allow a statewide vote on a lottery and casinos at the state's four greyhound tracks to help fix a long-...

5/4/2015

article Bentley slams gambling, threatens special session
(Alabama) -- In notably strong language Monday, Gov. Robert Bentley rejected gambling as a potential bailout for the state's budgets and threatened to call the...
article Poarch Creek Indians seek Alabama gambling compact
(Alabama) -- Alabama's only federally recognized tribe is urging state officeholders to explore a compact with the tribe as state legislators talk about gambling as...

5/3/2015

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians want potential additional gambling site in Alabama
(Alabama) -- For 15 years, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has tried to persuade Alabama politicians to sit down and discuss a compact with the tribe.
article Poarch Creek Indians: We have a 'better approach' to Alabama gambling
(Alabama) -- Alabama's only federally recognized tribe is urging state officeholders to explore a compact with the tribe as state legislators talk about gambling as...
article Poarch Creeks Looks Outward for Investment
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has assembled a number of investments from Huntsville to Lake Mary, Fla. in an attempt to diversify its revenue.

5/1/2015

article GOP proposal would open door to lottery, casinos in Ala.
(Alabama) -- A constitutional amendment that would legalize gambling in Alabama authorizes a lottery, casino gambling and expanded Indian gaming. Senate President Pro...
article OP/ED: Turnaround on gambling remarkable
(Alabama) -- For sheer speed in shifting positions, we know of nothing in Alabama's political history to rival the remarkable Republican turnaround on gambling last...

4/30/2015

article OP/ED: Poarch Creek gambling can boost long-term reforms
(Alabama) -- The state of Alabama should accept, with strict conditions, the offer by Poarch Creek Indians to cover the state's looming quarter-billion-dollar...
article Poarch Creeks say they want to discuss deal that could benefit state, tribe
(Alabama) -- The vice chair of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Council said the tribe opposes a tentative plan to allow slot machines and casino table games at...

4/29/2015

article Handicapping gambling vs. taxes as revenue savior for Alabama
(Alabama) -- Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh this week proposed a lottery and casino gambling, including a possible compact with the Poarch Creek Indians for gaming,...
article Poarch Creek Indians Offer To Pay Shortfall On Condition
(Alabama) -- No one really wants to pay more taxes. “No, absolutely not,” says Megan Allgood. “Everybody's hurting right now, it's not the time...
article Poarch Creeks talked to Alabama lawmakers about possible budget bailout
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has discussed with Alabama legislators a possible offer to cover the state's budget shortfall of about $250 million in...

4/28/2015

article PCI offers to bail out state’s budget woes
(Alabama) -- According to a story first published in The Montgomery Advertiser, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians offered to cover the state’s entire $250 million...
article Poarch Creeks offer to bail out state
(Alabama) -- Faced with the possibility that their casino profits could be slashed if legislation is passed that will allow gambling at four private casinos in Alabama,...
article Poarch Creeks offer to cover AL’s $250M shortfall in exchange for exclusive gaming rights
(Alabama) -- In a stunning turn of events, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are offering to singlehandedly solve Alabama’s short-term budget crisis, but with one...

4/25/2015

article So much irony in GOP plan to fix budget with gaming
(Alabama) -- For weeks, it has appeared the Alabama legislature was prepared to practically close government to avoid passing a dime of new taxes.

4/15/2015

article Ala. Tribe Says Age Discrimination Suit Barred By Immunity
(Alabama) -- An Alabama tribe on Wednesday reiterated its bid to toss a former employee's age discrimination suit under tribal sovereign immunity, asking a federal...

4/10/2015

article More conservatives roll the dice on support for gambling bills
(Alabama) -- When faced with raising taxes, or doing nothing and possibly shutting down parts of state government, a growing number of republicans are willing to double...

4/9/2015

article What Florida's gambling bill could mean for the state of Alabama
(Alabama) -- A Florida lawmaker introduced a bill this week that could define the state's policy on a number of gambling operations in the future as a compact with...

4/8/2015

article Alabama House Democrats propose lottery, Indian gambling pact, cigarette tax hike
(Alabama) -- The Democratic Caucus in the Alabama House of Representatives took an unusual step today, introducing their legislative agenda with more than one-third of...

3/18/2015

article Poarch Creek Tribal Chair: No Plans For Pot In Nokomis, We Really Want Scott To Talk Gaming
(Florida) -- The Poarch Creek Indians believe they have the right to grow marijuana on their one acre in North Escambia, but that’s not really their plan,...

2/26/2015

article OP/ED: Poarch Creek: Let us live in peace and e-harmony
(Florida) -- So the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has threatened to grow marijuana on land the tribe owns in Northwest Florida if Florida doesn't allow it to expand...

2/25/2015

article PCI to Scott: Casino or pot
(Alabama) -- The State of Florida may be facing a difficult choice which could have an immediate impact on the City of Atmore – either negotiate with the Poarch...

2/24/2015

article Florida Indians threaten to grow pot if denied casino
(Florida) -- Casinos mean big money in Florida. The Seminole and the Miccosukee have them, and now the Creeks want a piece of the action. The Poarch Band of Creek...

2/21/2015

article SPLC Responds to Lawsuit, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Weather Tax Holiday
(Alabama) -- A company financially backed by the Retirement Systems of Alabama is on the hook for nearly all of a 14 million dollar lawsuit. Five Indian guest workers...

2/20/2015

article Florida tribe threatens Rick Scott: Let us build a casino or we start growing pot
(Florida) -- An Alabama native American tribe that operates casinos in Florida informed the state that if it doesn’t allow them to expand their casinos, they will...
article Indian tribe may take hardball stance with Florida: Allow casino or we might sell marijuana
(Florida) -- A small, Alabama-based Indian tribe that wants to expand its gambling operations into the Florida Panhandle is suggesting it might adopt a hardball...
article Poarch Creeks may make Fla. decide between casinos, pot
(Florida) -- At a rural crossroads in northwest Florida, the state may encounter a tough choice in its ongoing debate over the future of gambling. It's here —...
article Poarch Creeks To Rick Scott: Let Us Open Casino In North Escambia, Or We’ll Start Selling Pot
(Florida) -- A single acre of land in North Escambia may be taking center stage in the future of gambling in Florida, or it may just become a one-stop marijuana shop....

2/12/2015

article Alabamians Want Gambling, Unlikely to Happen
(Alabama) -- Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the state legislature will face a $700 million shortfall when it goes back to work next month. He says tax hikes will...

2/8/2015

article IDEAS & ISSUES: Breaking the bank
(Alabama) -- Having the state involved in large-scale gambling solely for short-term economic gain is contrary to the principle of limited government. If Alabama is...

1/27/2015

article Pot luck: Poarch Creek might do well to gamble on marijuana
(Alabama) -- Legal pot sales in Alabama? Never happen? Not so fast. Alabama is continuing its court battle to shut down gaming at facilities operated by the Poarch Band...

1/24/2015

article Gambling appeal another Strange longshot
(Alabama) -- Again last week the state of Alabama was thrust into the national spotlight by Attorney General Luther Strange’s seemingly obsessive fight against...

1/19/2015

article Alabama challenges tribe on electronic bingo
(Alabama) -- There is a battle going on in Alabama that revolves around a state’s ability to control gambling on tribal land and the legal determination of whether...

1/16/2015

article Muscogee Wayland Gray Acquitted on Trespassing Charge for Wanting to Bless Sacred Lands
(Alabama) -- Wayland Gray, a tribal citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, was facing jail time when he went to court this week for his role to bless an ancient burial...
article LIVINGSTON: Not That Kind of Indian
(New Mexico) -- Back in 1998 when I was last spending a solid chunk of time at my mom’s in Molino, Florida, I drove 26 miles north to the Poarch Band of Creek...

1/14/2015

article Poarch Creeks remain confident after hearing in casino case
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians was optimistic of winning a gaming dispute after a hearing before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. The tribe...

1/13/2015

article 11th Circuit hears lawsuit over Poarch Creek casino operation
(Alabama) -- The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this morning in a case that tests the gaming enterprise of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Alabama...
article Lawyers for Ala., Poarch Band of Creek Indians argue over gambling operations in appeals court
(Alabama) -- Lawyers for the State of Alabama and a casino-operating Indian tribe sparred before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over whether the state can take...
article OP/ED: Casino gambling is a bad bet for Alabama
(Alabama) -- Politicians in Montgomery who believe an expansion of gambling is a way to collect needed funds to run state government are either uninformed or are...

1/10/2015

article Hickory Ground Sacred Site Activist’s Trial Begins Next Week
(Alabama) -- Sacred site activist Wayland Gray will travel to Wetumpka, Alabama, next week when a jury will hear his appeal of disorderly conduct and misdemeanor...

1/7/2015

article Lucille’s opens inside Creek Casino
(Alabama) -- There was no door to open when Lucille’s Eatery began round-the-clock service Wednesday inside the Creek Casino Montgomery. Instead, workers pulled...

1/5/2015

article Casino showing construction progress
(Alabama) -- The sounds of motorized cranes mix with the sounds of jackpot winners at Creek Casino Montgomery, a casino in the middle of a $65 million expansion. "...

12/19/2014

article My Christmas wish: A Poarch Creek comeback
(Alabama) -- With a few days off next week to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, this will be my last column prior to Christmas. So this seems like the...

12/17/2014

article PCI holds first jury trial
(Alabama) -- About 50 candidates gathered in the courtroom at Poarch Monday, December 15, filling the seats as the Poarch Creek Indian (PCI) judicial system prepares for...

12/16/2014

article How Alabama lawsuit against Poarch Creek Indians could make it easier for the tribe to sell marijuana
(Alabama) -- The State of Alabama is currently in court arguing that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians should not be allowed to operate electronic gambling machines on...

12/8/2014

article Poarch Creeks to open $65M expansion at casino in early 2016
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama plan to finish a $65 million expansion project early next year. The Creek Casino Montgomery will see a hotel...

12/7/2014

article Bob Davis: Luck be a lady for Bama
(Alabama) -- In the very near future, Gov. Robert Bentley may become like many of the patrons of the Poarch Creek Indians’ Wind Creek Casino and Resort near Atmore.

12/5/2014

article Two Alabama contractors lead Poarch Creeks' casino expansion in Montgomery
(Alabama) -- Two Alabama construction companies will partner to build the Poarch Band of Creek Indians' expansion of its facility in Montgomery. A joint venture...

12/3/2014

article Rep. Craig Ford pledges will introduce lottery, gambling compact in next legislative session
(Alabama) -- Rep. Craig Ford said two things - a lottery and a gambling compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians - would help the state climb out of its growing...

11/22/2014

article Will Bentley roll dice for state?
(Alabama) -- In a meeting room at the Poarch Creek Indians’ Wind Creek Casino and Resort near Atmore Friday, tribal leaders talked to a group of newspaper editors...

11/21/2014

article Alabama Supreme Court says no electronic bingo
(Alabama) -- Alabama's highest court on Friday upheld the attorney general's raid on Center Stage gambling hall and made it clear that bingo can't legally be...
article That's not bingo, Alabama Supreme Court says about machines seized in Houston County
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Supreme Court ruled 9-0 today that electronic machines seized from a Houston County casino are illegal gambling devices and not bingo machines.

11/20/2014

article Opinion: Poarch Creek gaming deal won't help state's economy
(Alabama) -- John Hill of the Alabama Policy Institute says a Class III gaming compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians won't help the economy in Alabama:

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