Legal opinion cites tribe's strong case for gaming

South Carolina attorney general Henry McMaster has issued a legal opinion stating the Catawba Nation has a "serious" claim to expanded gaming.

The tribe wants to offer high-stakes bingo or video poker but is running into opposition from some state leaders, including Gov. Mark Sanford. McMaster's opinion warns that the state could lose if the tribe brings a lawsuit to assert its rights.

The tribe was recognized by an act of Congress that allows Class II gaming under state law. Currently, the tribe cannot game under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

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