NIGC investigates Muscogee Nation gaming funds

The National Indian Gaming Commission is investigating the use of gaming funds by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, The Tulsa World reports.

The NIGC has been investigating as far back as November 2007. The agency said the use of gaming revenues by some tribal communities "may not comply with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act," according to a letter obtained by the World.

The tribe shares 50 percent of local casino profits with six communities. Citing potential abuse, Chief A.D. Ellis issued an executive order last month to prevent the communities from receiving more money.

The dispute prompted a recall petition against Ellis, who has brought in auditors to look into the dispute. "I'm going to get to the bottom of it," he told the paper.

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