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4:55 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Cherokees Spend Big In NC Politics

The NC GOP will hold its 2014 state convention at Harrah's Cherokee, which is operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokees. The tribe is a major donor to political campaigns in the state.

North Carolina Republicans announced this week they will hold their 2014 convention at the state's only casino, operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians high in the Smoky Mountains.

The decision is of particular interest since many of the state's top Republicans – including House Speaker Thom Tillis and Governor Pat McCrory – have recently come out against plans for a competing casino two and a half hours away. That proposal comes from the Catawba Indians of South Carolina.

The Cherokees worry the competition would hurt their own casino profits and they have considerable clout with North Carolina politicians.

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