Who Is Behind Red Clay Casino in Broken Arrow?
The Kialegee Tribal Town is building an off-reservation casino in southern Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and city and state leaders are raising objections. In addition to contesting the tribe's jurisdiction to operate a casino on the land, they want more information on the casino's backers.
According to public records, the Kialegee Tribal Town—a Wetumka, Oklahoma-based federally recognized tribe with 439 enrolled members and part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation—has partnered with two women who own the land as well as several out-of-state attorneys and real estate developers, reported News on 6. At least two of them face lawsuits.
One is Luis Figueredo, a Palmetto Bay, Florida attorney who claims to specialize in Indian land claims and development, reported News on 6 in a January 7 article. The city of South Miami is suing Figueredo for professional malpractice stemming from an incident when he briefly served as that city's attorney. According to the lawsuit, Figueredo was negligent in issuing a tax-exempt bond.
Another Floridian, Clifford Shane Rolls, has also come under heat. The Miami-based real estate developer is being sued by a South Carolina tobacco company. Rolls is accused, along with several other business partners, of illegally taking over the company by scaring other bidders away, reported News on 6's January 4 article.
For the first time today, the Kialegee Tribal Town has spoken up about its plans for the Red Clay Casino, but not about the people behind the scenes. Issuing a statement through a lawyer in Washington D.C., the tribe addressed questions about the land and the transfer of jurisdiction, reported KRMG. The Kialegee Tribal Town claims jurisdiction at the site of the planned Red Clay Casino because of its treaty rights and status as "a member of the Creek Confederacy," reported Tulsa World.
Meanwhile, city residents are protesting the casino in the streets with signs such as "No Dice" and "Protect Our Children."