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Gambling Raiders Ride Again

Luther tries to bar the door: Wind Creek Casino, in Atmore.

Luther tries to bar the door: Wind Creek Casino, in Atmore.

Photo by Dan Anderson

Swinging a bingo-circling legal lasso, Attorney General Luther Strange targeted both Indian and non-Indian electronic gambling late this winter.  State forces — acting at Strange’s direction —  raided VictoryLand casino near Montgomery, seizing gambling machines and cash. The same morning, Strange filed suit to stop the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from “operating, advancing, and profiting from unlawful gambling activity” at casinos in Wetumpka, Atmore and Montgomery.

The action provoked quick response from the Indians and from VictoryLand. The Macon County facility’s attorney said in a statement “VictoryLand has done nothing wrong,” and called the lawsuit against the Creek Indians “a smoke screen” saying that the attorney general has no jurisdiction over activity on reservation land.

No resolution so far in either case.

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