CATAWBA INDIAN NATION, S.C. — Two Carolina Native American Indian tribes are battling over geography and gambling. The Cherokee Tribe in North Carolina already has two casinos in western North Carolina. Evidently they are unwilling to sharer the wealth saying the Catawba Nation should stay in their native South Carolina.
U.S. senators from both states back the Catawba Tribe, and a sponsored Congressional bill has drawn opposition from North Carolina lawmakers and the Cherokee Tribe. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced a bill authorizing the Interior department for the Catawba Nation to acquire 16 acres near Kings Mountain for a casino complex. GOP Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina are co-sponsors.
The project is estimated to bring 4,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of $350 million to Cleveland County.