Tribe: Existing SC law allows reservation gambling

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 4:01 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's only federally recognized tribe says current state law allows them to have a reservation casino -- even though video gambling is banned elsewhere in the state. 

Attorneys for the Catawba Indian Nation told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday that a 2005 state law that allows gambling cruises to leave from the state's ports means South Carolina should allow the tribe to offer the same games at a new gambling hall on its York County reservation. 

State prosecutors say that same law notes that gambling cannot begin until boats reach international waters and specifically prohibits any casino-like gambling in areas controlled by South Carolina. 

The justices will issue their ruling later. 
 

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