MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 12, 2012

Creek council votes down casino plan


Associated Press

— BROKEN ARROW (AP) — Tribal council members with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation have voted against taking over a controversial Broken Arrow casino initially set up by the Kialegee Tribal Town.

Council members voted 7-2 against the proposal Tuesday night. Officials say that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation would have received 70 percent of profits from the Red Clay Casino had the council agreed to the proposal.

Developers had hoped to finish work on the Red Clay Casino and sell it to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

A federal judge stopped work earlier this year at the casino site, finding that Kialegee Tribal Town did not have jurisdiction to build the casino on the land in Broken Arrow. Kialegee officials have said the casino could bring in $25 million annually.