Catawbas keep pushing for casino; SC pushes back

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

CATAWBA INDIAN NATION, S.C. (AP) -- As South Carolina struggles to find money to pay to for health care for the poor and fix crumbling roads and bridges, Catawba Indian Nation Chief Bill Harris wants to remind the state that he has a deal. 

Harris says if the state allows the tribe to open a casino, then the Catawbas won't mind sharing millions of dollars in proceeds with the state. 

Gov. Nikki Haley and state lawmakers have been staunchly against expanding gambling beyond the state lottery. They are opposed morally and say gambling will bring problems such as crime. 

The Catawbas say a casino near Rock Hill could bring the state $100 million a year. A lawsuit by the tribe against the state was thrown out by a lower court, but the Catawbas are appealing.

 

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