Land Purchase for Catawba Tribe’s North Carolina Casino Upheld

April 19, 2021, 8:48 PM

The Catawba Indian Nation can build a casino and entertainment complex in North Carolina, despite claims by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians that the project could impact cultural sites, a Washington, D.C., federal court ruled.

The Eastern Band argued the Catawba Nation isn’t eligible to game under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and that the Kings Mountain site isn’t suitable for gambling under the act. The tribe also said the Catawba Nation isn’t eligible for the Interior Department’s land-into-trust authority under the Indian Reorganization Act.

The Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina Land Claims Settlement Act says the IGRA...

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