Tribe Files Lawsuit to Stop Alabama Casino Expansion

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - 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.

 

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

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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.

 

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