Construction of Wetumpka Casino Halted

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) -- Leaders of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have agreed to stop construction of a planned 20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports ( that the Poarch Band and the Muscogee Nation of Creek Indians said in statements that construction stopped on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Muscogee Nation had objected to the project. The tribe has historic ties to the land and is objecting to the graves of its ancestors being exhumed and moved to make way for the expansion by the Poarch Creeks.

Robert McGhee, treasurer for the tribal council for the Poarch Creek Indians, said tribal leaders are planning to meet with Muscogee Nation leaders in the coming days to discuss the matter.

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