State files motion to close Alabama-Coushatta gaming hall

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Less than a month after making its intentions clear, the state attorney general's office has filed a motion to ultimately close the Alabama-Coushatta gaming hall.

The Alabama-Coushatta tribe opened the gaming hall in May, after the US Department of Interior affirmed the tribe had the right to operate a Class 2 gaming facility, but they are now looking to challenge that decision.

The tribe first opened a Class 3 casino in 2001 which had the traditional casino games. Although the federal court sided with the state of Texas and forced the tribe to shut it down which is their intent with the new motion filed

The current bingo hall employs more than 200 people and the tribe says they need it to help compensate for a deficit and declining federal funding.

The tribe has even agreed to forgo 270 million dollars from the federal government, a sum suggested by a U.S. court as compensation for the tribe's past losses and trespassing damages.

The state filed a motion on Monday in the 2001 case, for contempt for violation of the 2002 injunction.

A hearing on the case is scheduled for March 29, 2017.

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