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Catawba Nation seeks same treatment under gaming law

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

The Catawba Nation is entitled to the same type of gaming that's legal in South Carolina, the tribe said in court on Wednesday.

The state allows video poker on gambling cruises, attorney Williams Wilkins told the South Carolina Supreme Court. So the tribe should be able offer the same on its reservation, he said.

But Assistant Deputy Attorney General C. Havird Jones argued that video poker has been outlawed everywhere in the state. And the Supreme Court in 2007 ruled that the ban applied to the tribe.

The tribe is barred from following the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act under the Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina Land Claims Settlement Act. The law contains a provision that the tribe says should pave the way for video gaming.

Separately, the tribe is pursuing a casino in North Carolina, where Class III gaming is legal.A land-into-trust application is pending before the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Get the Story:
Catawba casino case goes before SC high court (The Rock Hill Herald 1/23)
Tribe says S.C. law allows reservation gambling (AP 1/22)

Related Stories:
Catawba Nation takes casino case to state Supreme Court (1/22)

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