11/1/2007 - November 2007 Educational Update - Indian Gambling in Alabama
AN EDUCATIONAL UPDATE FROM
THE SOUTHEAST LAW INSTITUTE, INC.TM
To: SLI Supporters
Date: November 2007
From: A. Eric Johnston
Re: Indian Gambling in Alabama
Indian activities and lands are governed by federal law. They come under the sovereignty of the United States and not under the sovereignty of the state where they are located. One of the most significant Indian tribes in Alabama is the Poarch Band of Creek Indians located in Atmore, Escambia County, Alabama. Indian tribes in many states seek to operate casinos on their lands with as much gambling as possible.
Class III gaming by Indians could be permitted in two ways. First is by a tribal-state compact (a written agreement) between the Indian tribe and the state. The extent of gambling would be negotiated by the tribe and the state. Indian tribes are generally able to have the same level of gambling as a state otherwise permits its other residents.
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