COPY-Ala. tribal casino dispute moves to federal court

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state Attorney General is looking to shut down tribal casinos, saying they're public nuisances in a complaint filed in federal court.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports ( ) state officials say the Poarch Creek casinos are feature gambling machines that violate state and federal laws. Officials say operating slot machines is illegal in the state and illegal on tribal land without an agreement with the state.

Tribal officials say the casinos are operating legal electronic bingo machine, not slot machines.

The suit was initially filed in Elmore County Circuit Court and the tribe was able to move the case from state to federal court. The Poarch Creeks are the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama and operate casinos in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka.

Information from: Montgomery Advertiser,

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