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Catawba Nation settlement pays off for state

The Catawba Nation land claim settlement act passed by Congress in 1993 is paying off for the state of South Carolina.

The state contributed $12.5 million towards a $50 million settlement for the tribe. But since the state is allowed to tax the tribe's gaming revenues, it has recovered 75 percent of what it paid.

The tribe, on the other hand, has fallen on more difficult financial times and is seeking to expand its gaming enterprise, a move that would bring more revenues to state, an attorney representing the tribe said.

Get the Story:
State recoups much of Catawba pact money (The State 2/21)

Settlement Act Court Decision:
Catawba Nation v. South Carolina (December 13, 2005)

Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina Land Claims Settlement Act:
Public Law No: 103-116

Relevant Links:
Catawba Cultural Preservation Project -

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