In its home state of Alabama, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has demonstrated its contribution to economic development as it lauds regional achievements in the current expansion.
The move comes as local media reports that a new group aims to keep the company responsible for how they spend money, raising concern over a perceived increasing legislative impact.
Owning and operating a number of properties across the U.S. and beyond, the tribe stresses that a solid foundation in their home market has allowed growth and expansion across the country and abroad.
Nevertheless, the PBCI says it remains committed to a long-standing agreement to negotiate a deal with the governor of Alabama that it believes it will provide a stream of revenue, support Alabama people, and provide a reasonable and well-regulated gaming system across the state.
Commenting the tribe said: “For more than forty years, we have suggested options to both the Governor and state legislators. Most recently, we have proposed detailed plans that include us working with the state to provide more than a billion dollars in new revenues to Alabama.”
Poarch Creek has invested more than $1 billion in three state-owned gaming companies, including Wind Creek properties in Atmore, Montgomery, and Wetumpka.
In addition, the tribe is currently investing an estimated $250 million in OWA, meaning’ big water’ in the language of Muskogee Creek, as well as an additional $100 million to build an indoor water park and hotel.
According to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, it’s three casino facilities sit on tribal land and fall under the National Indian Gaming Commission’s regulatory arm, so the state has no jurisdiction and the tribe has no obligation to pay state taxes on gaming income.
Continuing its statement in a media release, the tribe added: “While our offers have not been accepted, we continue to pay taxes, like all legal, responsible businesses do. We also continue to donate millions of dollars across the state and the region, which is not required by law but is part of our commitment to be a good neighbour.
“Unfortunately, there is now an organised effort by entities that do not share our commitment to be good corporate citizens to undermine our well-regulated enterprises and our good works.
“We cannot begin to understand their motivation for spending funds on a website and paid advertising built on lies and misinformation. We would suggest they consider refocusing their attention on making Alabama a better place to work and live for all of us who love our state.”