Poarch Creek Indians' Wetumpka Casino Expansion Challenged
It was just one month ago that the Poarch Creek Indians announced a huge expansion of their Wetumpka property, Wind Creek Casino. But there could be some roadblocks along the way because an Oklahoma tribe wants to stop the new development.
Ground has been broken. It is the first signs of new life moving in at Wetumpka's Wind Creek Casino.
"At this point, there's 600 employees in this operation. We are told there are going to be 600 more," said Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis.
Despite that, many area residents are in support of the economic progress.
The treasurer for the Poarch Creeks told the Birmingham News that they have worked with the Muscogee tribe on this project. So will the conflict affect the development?
"You don't count your chickens before they hatch. You wait to see what you have," said Willis.
"Whatever happens, whatever develops out of this, we will work alongside our friends that are here and be that good partner that we can be," said Willis.
What happens next is unclear.
The Poarch Creek Indians and the Muscogee Nation did not respond to multiple requests made for comment.