Hundreds of church-goers lined the sidewalks surrounding the construction site of the Red Clay Casino in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on Sunday, holding prayer cards and asking God to influence the Kialegee tribe to build something other than a casino, reported Fox News.
Heads bowed, they prayed the tribe would open a business more beneficial to the community, such as a hospital or clinic, rather than a place that they believe breeds addictions and has the potential to destroy families, said Gary Harber, the pastor of St. James United Methodist Church.
“There have been fathers and husbands that got caught up in gambling and I’m sure there are other too and their family lost their house and their marriage in divorce,” Harber told Fox, though he clarified, “now that doesn’t happen to everyone.”
??Red Clay Casino, currently under construction, is slated to open in late March or early April. But the legality of the casino is uncertain, and some city and state leaders are raising objections. The Kialegee Tribal Town is a branch of the Muscogee Creek Nation, and members have status in both tribes. But last week Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger said that the Kialegees violated tribal law by not by beginning construction on the casino without first asking permission from the tribe. The Kialegee Tribal Town has partnered with two women who own the land in Broken Arrow as well as several out-of-state attorneys and real estate developers to build the casino.