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Attorney General Strange beefs up lawsuit against Indian casinos

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama Attorney General Luther strange is beefing up the state's lawsuit against the Poarch Band of Creek Indian's three casinos.

In March, the Indians filed a motion to move the case to federal court. They also asked the court to simply dismiss the case.

Attorney General Strange's latest filing centers on whether the tribe's games are slot machines or bingo machines.

The original suit was filed in February and asked the court to close the Indian casinos in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka.

[DOCUMENT: Attorney General's court filing (.pdf)]

Thursday's filing amends that complaint to clarify the federal aspects of the state's claims. AG Strange wants to shut the casinos down, saying they are operating slot machines which are considered illegal under Alabama law.

The Poarch Creek Indians argue that the attorney general is trying to circumvent federal law and disregard the sovereignty of their land.

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