Catawba Nation still waiting for action on casino in North Carolina

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

The Catawba Nation is still waiting for some movement on its proposed casino in North Carolina.

The tribe submitted a land-into-trust application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in September 2013. There's been little activity since but locals for and against the project believe the agency will do something this year.

At one point, Kings Mountain Mayor Scott Neisler said the BIA was going to hold a public hearing. That would be normal practice but nothing has been announced.

The tribe's headquarters are in South Carolina but the Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina Land Claims Settlement Act defines a service area that includes King Mountain and other parts of North Carolina. The law mandates the BIA to place up to 3,600 acres in trust in the service area.

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