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Poarch Band of Creek Indians moves ahead with Mississippi casino




Artist's rendering of a proposed casino in D'Iberville, Mississippi. Image: Wind Creek Hospitality

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is moving forward with a commercial casino in Mississippi.

In March 2016, the tribe acquired a property in D'Iberville that was already approved for gaming in the state. A nearby site -- also approved for gaming -- has since been acquired, The Gulfport Sun Herald reported, giving the tribe a larger footprint to work with.

“We think it’s a great site,” Arthur Mothershed, the chief financial officer of Wind Creek Hospitality, told the paper. “We just want to make sure that whatever we do, we get it right.”

The tribe is also pursuing a commercial casino in Bossier City in neighboring Louisiana. But plans could be complicated by an ongoing lawsuit related to the use of the "Margaritaville" name at the site, KSLA reported. The station did not include the tribe's views in the story.

The tribe operates three Class II facilities on its reservation in Alabama and owns commercial racetracks in Alabama and in Florida.

Read More on the Story:
Another casino is on D’Iberville’s horizon (The Gulfport Sun Herald 4/7)
12 Investigates: Sale of Margaritaville in doubt over licensing dispute (KSLA 4/5)

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