Making Sense of the Catawba Casino on Kings Mountain
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About the Event
After years of effort, the Catawba Indians plan to break ground on a nearly $300 million casino 35 miles from Charlotte in Kings Mountain. The proposed casino has reignited a feud between the Carolinas’ biggest tribes – the Cherokee Indians and the Catawba Indians – over centuries-old land claims and big money. At stake is a piece of the $32 billion Indian gaming industry. The Cherokees, who have operated their own N.C. casinos since 1997, have called the Catawbas’ efforts “a modern-day land grab.” The Catawbas say they have a right to the land based on a provision of a 1993 agreement that gave them federal recognition.
Dr. Schmidt will give some background on the origin of this dispute, the roles of the Federal and state governments, and the conflict between the Catawbas and the Cherokee.