Arrests Could Follow Mowa Raid

Arrests Could Follow Mowa Raid

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MOUNT VERNON, ALABAMA -

To Chief Framon weaver deputies took away millions of dollars in potential profit in Thursday’s raid of the tribe new facility.

“It was an illegal invasion, we are a sovereign nation they don't have any business on our reservation at all they was trespassing,” says Chief of the Mowa Choctaw Framon Weaver.  The Chief insists their interpretation of an 1830 treaty gives them federal recognition.  The Chief acknowledges the tribe lack recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  That same federal agency essentially allows the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to operate their Alabama casinos.

Some of the individuals involved may have believed they were justified in doing this but federal law does not recognize this group as being federally recognized federal land,” says Joe Mahoney with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.  Now the investigation is on for who did what.

“Who ordered the machines, who brought them in to our jurisdiction who was managing the machines there's so much that goes into an investigation like this it's very early in the investigation,” says Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich. 

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