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Alleged casino owner arraigned

Alleged casino owner arraigned
(MNN File Photo) The arraignment for Muscogee (Creek) citizen Stephen ‘Bim’ Bruner was held Sept. 18 in the MCN District Court.

“Not guilty” plea for Bruner

Kevin Barnett/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) citizen Stephen ‘Bim’ Bruner appeared in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court Sept. 18, for arraignment of charges arising from the August police raid of his Broken Arrow property.

Mvskoke Media is not permitted to record audio, video or take photos in the courtroom.

Last month’s raid came after the MCN and National Indian Gaming Commission’s attempt to compel Bruner and associates to cease any ongoing efforts to operate a gaming facility on the site went unheeded.

Bruner was subsequently charged with possession of unlicensed gambling devices and maintaining an unlicensed gambling premise.

After the complaints were read aloud, Bruner’s attorney requested that the court records reflect that Bruner stood mute, thus allowing the court to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Bruner’s attorney stated there was need for clarification as to the criminal classification, whether they were felonies or misdemeanors, of each charge based on tribal law.

After some deliberation, MCN District Court Judge Gregory Bigler asked the defense to file any necessary motions regarding the issue of classification by Oct. 30. The prosecutor was given until Nov. 20 to respond.

In a statement issued by his attorney, Bruner maintains his innocence and denies any wrongdoing.

‘The Muscogee Creek Nation is attempting to ruin my good name and prosecute me simply because they are in a jurisdictional disagreement with the Kialegee Tribal Town.’

The statement also said he attempted to propose a solution to MCN that was rejected.

Mvskoke Media contacted MCN Public Relations for a statement and did not receive a response as of press time.

Mvskoke Media will be providing continuing coverage as this case progresses.

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