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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.
Credit thegreatsmokies.net

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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Local News
6:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The Tangled Backstory Of Catawba Nation's North Carolina Casino Quest

Mementos like this photo hang on the wall of Gilbert Blue's "Indian Room." During his time as chief, Blue was in Washington frequently to negotiate the tribe's 1993 land claim settlement.
Julie Rose

The Catawba Indians want to build a $340 million casino and resort in Kings Mountain, North Carolina – which is 45 miles northwest of their reservation in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  They've applied for federal permission to make the land a sort of annex to their reservation. 

They may also need approval from North Carolina's governor and General Assembly – but both are cool to the concept. So why not just build a casino on the tribe's existing reservation just off I-77? 


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Local News
4:20 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NC High Court Upholds Video Sweepstakes Ban

The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld a law banning video sweepstake games offered in more than a thousand café-type establishments statewide. 

"Once it's ruled that it's not allowable in the state, then you'll see us start closing locations down," says Tony Whisnant, who operates four sweepstakes parlors, including on in Charlotte.

Whisnant says he's still looking through the ruling to see if there's a way to make his games legal.

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