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Native American activists to protest Poarch Creek casino in Wetumpka

William Bailey began having concerns about the Poarch Band of Creek Indians digging up graves for construction at a site he considers sacred when he served on its tribal council years ago.

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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
(Alabama) -- Do the right thing. 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...
article Fight to expand gambling builds ahead of special session
(Alabama) -- For the second time this year, a bet is on as to whether gambling will be expanded in Alabama. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh filed his gaming bill this...
article Marsh introduces gambling bill in Alabama special session
(Alabama) -- After Alabama Governor Robert Bentley failed to include gambling revenue in his fiscal plan, on Monday, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh filed a bill this...
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
(Alabama) -- While some legislators have touted gambling bills as a magic bullet for Alabama’s budget crisis, House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn doesn’t...

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
(Florida) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking for a full appeals court hearing, after a panel ruling that would let Creek Entertainment in Gretna begin...

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
(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...

6/6/2015

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...
article More slot machines could be coming
(Florida) -- In what could be a game changer in Florida's gambling arena, an appeals court has ordered state regulators to allow slot machines at a Gadsden County...
article Our opinion: Gretna shouldn’t bet its future on a casino
(Florida) -- Gadsden County used to have a thriving local industry in shade tobacco, which was a business to be proud of — if you didn’t mind the lung cancer...

5/31/2015

article Florida appeals court; Counties can okay slots
(Florida) -- The complicated Florida gambling landscape just got a little more interesting with a ruling from the First District Court of Appeals. The court ruled 2-1...

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...
article Washoe Tribe partners with Poarch Creeks for gaming project
(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...
article Casino Hearing Brings Supporters and Opponents
(Alabama) -- Gambling foes and proponents squared off at a public hearing in the Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee Tuesday. Eighteen people expressed their...
article Lottery debates in Senate committee but no vote; tax bill votes postponed in House
(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...
article Public hearing today on Alabama lottery, casinos bill
(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...
article Which Alabama legislators took campaign cash from Poarch Creek Indians?
(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:

11/13/2014

article Poarch Creeks open to Alabama gambling compact; say it's up to governor to initiate
(Alabama) -- The vice chairman of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians said it's up to the governor whether to open talks about an agreement to share revenue from...

11/11/2014

article Wind Creek promotes two [2nd item]
(Alabama) -- Wind Creek Hospitality has promoted two Poarch Creek Indian Tribal members in the gaming operations office. Arthur Mothershed will serve as Vice President...

11/5/2014

article Bentley says lottery and deal with Indian casinos that could expand gambling on table in second term
(Alabama) -- Fresh from his landslide victory in Tuesday's election, Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday that the state is facing a number of problems which must be...
article Wind Creek Hospitality names new executives
(Alabama) -- Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH) has promoted two Poarch Creek Indian tribal members in the gaming operations office. Arthur Mothershed will serve as Vice...

11/4/2014

article Luther Strange wins re-election for attorney general
(Alabama) -- Republican Luther Strange won a second term term as attorney general Tuesday evening after a hard fought campaign that saw him come under attack from...
article Republican AG Strange defeats Democrat Hubbard
(Alabama) -- Republican Luther Strange has fended off a challenge from Democrat Joe Hubbard to win a second term as Alabama attorney general. The attorney and one-time...

11/3/2014

article Attorney General race defies conventional wisdom, approaches conclusion
(Alabama) -- The Democratic challenger for Alabama’s Attorney General, Joe Hubbard, has spent almost twice what we’ve seen from Democratic gubernatorial...

10/31/2014

article Albritton-Smith race shaping up to be Mobile area's most expensive - and competitive - race
(Alabama) -- The hotly contested state Senate race between Republican Greg Albritton and Democrat Susan Smith is the most expensive - and most competitive - in southwest...

10/29/2014

article Is gambling gaining momentum in Alabama this election year?
(Alabama) -- More than the last few election cycles, WIAT 42 News political analyst Steve Flowers says political momentum seems to be shifting in favor of gaming revenue...
article Joe Hubbard and Luther Strange talk about possible state pact with Poarch band of Creek Indians on gambling
(Alabama) -- The candidates for attorney general gave their thoughts on a potential pact with the Poarch band of Creek Indians on the contentious issue of casinos. Gov....

10/27/2014

article Alabama Attorney General Candidates Spar Over Gambling [sub req]
(Alabama) -- The Alabama attorney general who has waged war on electronic bingo machines has attacked his electoral opponent for accepting campaign contributions from an...
article Luther Strange talks.... Indian gaming
(Alabama) -- Attorney General Luther Strange is in the Montgomery hub today, meeting with the Alabama Media Group's editorial board. He just started out with a brief...

10/24/2014

article Alabama attorney general's race a referendum on the incumbent, but also on crime, gambling and drugs
(Alabama) -- The most contested race on the Alabama ballot this fall is not the governor's race and not a race for Congress. It's the attorney general's race...

10/23/2014

article Poarch Creeks expanding Montgomery casino
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creeks Indians is expanding another one of its casinos in Alabama. Officials with PCI Gaming Authority say the $65 million expansion at...

10/22/2014

article Poarch Creeks announce $65 million casino expansion and upgrade in Montgomery
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has announced a $65 million expansion and upgrade of its casino in Montgomery, including a new five-story hotel. The...

10/21/2014

article Creek Casino Montgomery plans $65M upgrade, new hotel
(Alabama) -- The Creek Casino Montgomery is launching a $65 million upgrade that will include a five-story hotel, a new events center and a full-service salon. It's...
article Joe Hubbard receives surge of donations from casino supporters, raising more than Attorney General Luther Strange in week ending Friday
(Alabama) -- Democrat Joe Hubbard took in a whopping $750,000 last week from just two donors, ensuring that the Alabama attorney general's race will remain a battle...

10/20/2014

article GOING ALL IN: Governor ready to fold, allow tables games in state?
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley may have decided that there is some truth to the old saying “if you can’t beat them, join them.” During a recent radio...
article Joe Hubbard ahead of Luther Strange in fundraising
(Alabama) -- Thanks to a surge of donations from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and Tuscaloosa developer Stan Pate last week, Joe Hubbard, the Democratic nominee for...
article Luther Strange has failed, says Joe Hubbard, candidate for attorney general, at meeting with Alabama Media Group
(Alabama) -- Joe Hubbard, Democratic candidate for attorney general, is in the offices today of the Birmingham News and the Alabama Media Group, meeting with the group...

10/19/2014

article GOP incumbent Luther Strange and Democrat Joe Hubbard trade jabs as election draws near
(Alabama) -- Republican Attorney General Luther Strange said voters should elect him to a second term because of his record over the last four years. Democrat Joe...
article Strange, Hubbard trade blows on crime, gambling
(Alabama) -- In the library quiet characterizing most of Alabama's statewide races this year, the campaign for attorney general is a heated argument running through...

10/17/2014

article Joe Hubbard gets $500K from Poarch Band
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are pushing more chips into Joe Hubbard's campaign. The federally-recognized tribe, which operates casinos in Atmore,...
article Poarch Creeks give more in Alabama AG race
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has bet more dollars on Democrat Joe Hubbard's bid for attorney general. Campaign records show that the casino-...

10/15/2014

article Gov. Bentley appears leaning toward striking deal with Poarch Creeks to expand gambling for tax dollars
(Alabama) -- Republican Gov. Robert Bentley and Democratic challenger Parker Griffith do not agree on much. Bentley is opposed to expanding Medicaid under Obamacare....
article Poll: Should state strike deal to allow Poarch Creek Indians to expand gambling in exchange for paying taxes?
(Alabama) -- Gov. Robert Bentley earlier this week indicated he is giving consideration to striking a deal to allow the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to expand the types...

10/7/2014

article Attorney General Luther Strange blasts challenger Joe Hubbard on contributions from gambling interests
(Alabama) -- Attorney General Luther Strange and his challenger, Joe Hubbard, are feuding over campaign contributions, with Strange saying his opponent is taking too...

10/5/2014

article Griffith proposes Creek gambling expansion
(Alabama) -- Democratic candidate for governor Parker Griffith says that if elected, he would open discussions with the Poarch Creek Indians about a gambling compact...

10/3/2014

article Candidate wants to negotiate casino compact with Poarch Band
(Alabama) -- Parker Griffith, the Democratic candidate for governor of Alabama, said he will negotiate a Class III gaming compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians...
article Parker Griffith supports gambling compact with Poarch Creeks, getting state out of liquor business
(Alabama) -- Parker Griffith's campaign said today he would support exploring an agreement with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to expand gambling in the state.

9/22/2014

article OP/ED: Poarch Creek gaming deal deserves consideration
(Alabama) -- Alabama newspaper calls on Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to explore a Class III gaming compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians:

9/21/2014

article Indian casinos: At least discuss compact
(Alabama) -- If, as Gov. Robert Bentley has said, everything is on the table as he and leaders in the Legislature wrestle with a looming deficit of as much as $200...

9/19/2014

article Luther Strange discusses electronic bingo, death penalty
(Alabama) -- It did not take long for Alabama’s attorney general to receive the “bingo” question during a Thursday visit to the Dothan Eagle for a...

9/15/2014

article Poarch Creeks still open to Class III gaming compact discussion
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians wants to negotiate a Class III gaming compact with the state of Alabama but talks never seem to go very far, if anywhere at...

9/14/2014

article Gaming compact financial returns: A great unknown
(Alabama) -- If they haven't yet gone all in on a gaming compact, state leaders don't seem willing to fold on the idea either, particularly as deficit of up to $...

9/10/2014

article VictoryLand appears to win points on trial’s first day
(Alabama) -- The first day of a trial that could determine the future of VictoryLand casino in Shorter got off to a quick start Tuesday morning, as the presiding judge...
article Alabama AG vows to drop Indian gaming case if he loses decision
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he will drop his lawsuit against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians if he loses the next round in the case.
article Strange talks gambling, election and state law
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange describes his first term in office as “the most active term in history for any Alabama attorney general....

9/9/2014

article Closed casino: Our machines are just like others
(Alabama) -- A lawyer for the closed VictoryLand casino in Shorter is arguing that other businesses in Alabama are still operating the same gambling machines VictoryLand...

9/8/2014

article “End of the issue”: If courts rule for Indian gaming
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says if a federal appeals court rules against the state that will be the “end of the issue” when it...

9/7/2014

article Alabama Republicans pitched vision to Poarch Creek tribe, then GOP got donations
(Alabama) -- As Alabama Republicans were attempting to win their first legislative majority in a century, the finance chairman for the state Republican party, Del Marsh...

9/1/2014

article Flush with cash, Poarch Creek tribe's growing interests stretch from Huntsville to Florida
(Alabama) -- Most know the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for their casinos that transform local landscapes, and for their rising political donations and influence in...

8/26/2014

article Seeking Revenues, Alabama Considers Poarch Creek Compact [sub req'd]
(Alabama) -- Fall elections and a looming budget deficit are prompting Alabama politicians to consider again entering into a regulatory agreement to allow the Poarch...

8/21/2014

article Alabama attorney general candidates trade jabs over casino gambling
(Alabama) -- The Democratic challenger to Attorney General Luther Strange accuses him of being an absentee officeholder more interested in cracking down on bingo than...

8/19/2014

article Gambling, secession and assassination: Vote now on the days you think changed Alabama politics
(Alabama) -- Last week, AL.com put out a call for readers to reach back into their knowledge of the state's political history.
article Gaming Compact
(Alabama) -- Governor Robert Bentley has asked legislators to bring him ideas on how to address the state's yearly general fund problems, and one notion being raise...

8/16/2014

article Some Alabama lawmakers open to idea of gambling compact
(Alabama) -- Alabama's only federally recognized Indian tribe for two decades has sought a compact with the state. The answer from state politicians has always been...

8/11/2014

article Column: State foolish not to negotiate Poarch Creek compact
(Alabama) -- Columnist wonders why the state of Alabama won't enter into a Class III gaming compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians:

8/8/2014

article Another Conservative Group Gets Entangled in an Indian Casino Money-Laundering Scandal
(Alabama) -- Politico came up with a big scoop this week when it uncovered internal documents from the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) showing that the...
article COLUMN: Gambling money: Good for campaigns, but not state?
(Alabama) -- Was it legal? That seems to be the most popular question being asked since a Politico report last week alleged Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard cut a deal...

8/6/2014

article Poarch Creek Indians claim to give to both political parties
(Alabama) -- Two days after a national publication printed a story about House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) being involved in an alleged money laundering scheme, the...

8/5/2014

article GOP’s “toxic” laundering scheme: How echoes of Jack Abramoff are emerging
(Alabama) -- If there’s one thing Republicans have learned over the years it’s to never let legalities stand in the way of a good fundraising scam. And one...
article OP/ED: Alabama Republicans refuse to acknowledge support for gaming
(Alabama) -- It is time for the Republicans in the Alabama Legislature to stop playing games. For several years, the topics of gaming and a lottery have swept through...
article Speaker Hubbard responds to Politico article
(Alabama) -- House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, is going on the offensive after a story was published Monday alleging he was linked to a money laundering scheme with...

8/4/2014

article Don't believe it's old news. Document rips Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard legally, ethically and strategically
(Alabama) -- I keep hearing how we've heard it all before. You know, shady and improper links between Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard and the Poarch Band of Creek...
article Exclusive: Powerhouse GOP group snared in money scheme
(Washington D.C.) -- Since the Republican State Leadership Committee burst into national politics, it’s become one of the most influential outside players on the...
article GOP group warned Alabama campaign donations could be 'political disaster,' leaked memo shows
(Alabama) -- Members of the national Republican State Leadership Committee were warned as far back as 2011 that using the group as a pass-through for donations from...
article Memo: Hubbard used national GOP to hide gambling money
(Alabama) -- A series of transactions by Republican fundraisers during the 2010 elections likely broke Alabama campaign finance laws, according to an internal GOP...
article What you need to know about Politico's RSLC, Mike Hubbard bombshell
(Alabama) -- What did the Politico story say? The Republican State Leadership Committee, an increasingly influential GOP political action committee, accepted campaign...

7/18/2014

article Don't tune out yet: Gambling could even odds in Alabama AG's race: opinion
(Alabama) -- Are we done here? Three decades of party realignment and redistricting have made many of Alabama's races politically lopsided, so much so that that it...
article The three pieces of Luther Strange's argument against the Poarch Creek gambling machines
(Alabama) -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange advanced the state's challenge to the remove electronic bingo machines from casinos owned by the Poarch Band of...

7/17/2014

article Alabama submits opening brief in Poarch Creek casino dispute
(Alabama) -- The state of Alabama is trying to convince a federal appeals court that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians operates an illegal gaming enterprise.
article Strange takes PCI dispute to federal appeals court
(Alabama) -- The state of Alabama, represented by Attorney General Luther Strange, has taken its case against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) Gaming Authority to...

7/6/2014

article Fort Walton hotel, financed in part by Poarch Creek Indians, has a military secret of its own
(Alabama) -- Most people associate the Poarch Band of Creek Indians with their soaring hotels and casinos in Alabama. But it is another of the tribe's investment...
article 'I go to work and think of a way to sue Obama Administration,' Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says
(Alabama) -- On Tuesday, Strange even began a speech to the Republican Women of Huntsville by saying: "I have the best job in politics in Alabama," Strange...
article Questionable donations, allegations of improper candidate recruitment fuel Alabama GOP strife
(Alabama) -- An internecine battle is brewing in the Alabama Republican Party, which last month appointed a committee to investigate the large number of newcomers who...

7/4/2014

article Support from Alfa, Poarch Creek Indians gives Albritton fundraising edge in Senate race
(Alabama) -- Republican candidate Greg Albritton enjoys a fundraising advantage in his state Senate race in large measure because of nearly $30,000 in "in-kind...

6/24/2014

article Senate District 30 candidate Harris Garner gets $75,000 in campaign contributions from Poarch Creeks
(Alabama) -- State Senate District 30 candidate Harris Garner this month has received $75,000 in campaign contributions from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who...

6/11/2014

article Bryan makes history at PCI
(Alabama) -- History was made Saturday, June 7, as the first female to head the Poarch Creek Tribal Council. Stephanie A. Bryan and Robert “Robbie” McGhee...
article Poarch Band of Creek Indians elects first woman to chair tribal council
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has chosen Stephanie A. Bryan to become the new chairwoman on the tribal council. Bryan was selected during an election...

6/8/2014

article Poarch Creek Indians Elect New Chairman
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians elected their first female chair in history Saturday. Stephanie Bryan won the position with 782 votes, defeating Robert...

5/31/2014

article Save Hickory Ground Rally Shut Down at NIGA
(California) -- The activists hoped for a repeat performance of the successful sacred places rally held outside the NIGA conference in Phoenix last year when sacred land...

5/28/2014

article Supreme Court: Poarch will not get immunity
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Supreme Court ruled on Friday the Poarch Band of Creek Indians should not be granted immunity from lawsuits filed in state courts. The ruling...
article PCI election coming up – Rolin retiring
(Alabama) -- Three seats are up in the Poarch Creek Tribal Council election to be held June 7. One incumbent will be noticeably absent this year. Chairman Buford Rolin...

5/27/2014

article Alabama Supreme Court Nixes Tribal Immunity for Casino in Dram-Shop Case
(Alabama) -- An Alabama casino lost any tribal immunity from dram-shop lawsuits when it agreed as part of the state licensing process that it would be financially...
article Poarch Creeks face another lawsuit for liquor served at casino
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama will have to answer to a lawsuit over liquor served at one of its casinos.

5/24/2014

article Court: Casino not immune in traffic crash lawsuit
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Supreme Court has denied the Poarch Band of Creek Indians' request to dismiss a lawsuit involving a former patron at one of the tribe's...
press release Wind Creek Wetumpka and Creek Casino Montgomery To Announce Significant Sponsorship in Upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Event
(Alabama) -- This Saturday, May 24th, Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino and Hotel (WCW), and its sister Wind Creek Hospitality property, Creek Casino Montgomery, will announce...

5/23/2014

article Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: Poarch Creek Indian casino not immune from alcohol-serving lawsuit
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for an order dismissing a lawsuit by a couple injured in a crash...

5/22/2014

article STRANGE: My opponent has accepted $1 million from the Poarch Creek Indians
(Alabama) -- I can't recall in my lifetime a powerful special interest attempting to outright buy an Alabama constitutional office. Yet my opponent, Democrat Joe...

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