The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is up against a tribe it has familial ties to. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma is protesting the Poarch’s location for its project of a 20-story hotel with 285 rooms and 2,500 slot machines in its casino. Live entertainment and a pool are also planned. The Alabama tribe has initiated a 6 million project, but it is on Hickory Ground, the Muscogee say. Hickory Ground is the last pre-removal location of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council.
The Muscogee and the Poarch signed an agreement of understanding that the grounds would be preserved. In 1980, Hickory Ground was named in the National Register of Historic Places.
“The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is committed to protecting the burial and ceremonial grounds of our ancestors,” Principal Chief George Tiger said. “We have attempted to convey to the Poarch Band why it is wrong to disturb the peace of our ancestors and burial grounds. However, the Poarch Band does not seem to share our cultural values and respect our traditional ways.”
The Poarch contend they are disappointed in the statements of the Muscogee. The band says the grounds are not included in the proposed site, and states it has honored the agreement with the Muscogee. It operates two other casinos in Alabama.