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Wetumka, OK – Okla. tribal leader says casino would help tribe

WETUMKA, Okla. (AP) The head of a branch of the Muscogee Creek Nation says his tribe has jurisdiction over land in Broken Arrow where a casino is to be built.

Kialegee Tribal Town King Tiger Hobia told the Tulsa World the Red Clay Casino is an economic opportunity that would mean more self-sufficiency for the Wetumka tribe.

Opponents say the proposed venue is too close to a vocational-technology campus, a proposed daycare center and a church. The National Indian Gaming Commission says it hasn't given final approval to begin building the casino.

Creek Nation Chief George Turner has said he supports the tribe's right to economic independence, but doesn't believe it has followed proper procedure that would allow for gaming on the site.

Kialegee Tribal Town members also are Creek Nation members.