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BIA urged to reject Catawba Nation gaming land-into-trust bid

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Artist's rendering of proposed Catawba Nation casino in North Carolina. Image from Catawba Nation Project Brief

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is once again being urged to reject a gaming land-into-trust application submitted by the Catawba Nation.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin (D) said the tribe, whose headquarters is in South Carolina, should not be allowed to cross state lines.

“It would appear that if the Catawba Tribe were to prevail then ANY federally recognized Indian Tribes not presently in North Carolina could seek the same recourse with non-reservation land and thereby establish casinos,” Goodwin wrote in a letter to the BIA, The Charlotte News & Observer reported.

The tribe wants to build a $600 million casino resort on 16 acres in Cleveland County. A land claim settlement enacted by Congress includes the county in the tribe's service area.

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Goodwin also opposes Catawba casino (The Charlotte News & Observer 12/4)

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