Catawba Indian Nation

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The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has received permission from the federal government to build a casino and resort on land over the border in North Carolina.

A sign welcomes people to the Catawba Indian Nation's reservation near Rock Hill, S.C.
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Two of the Carolinas' most prominent American Indian tribes are battling over geography and lucrative gambling turf.

a casino facility
Courtesy of Cleveland County

A Congressional bill that would make way for a new casino is sparking controversy in western North Carolina. The bill would allow the Catawba Indian Nation to establish a gaming facility in Cleveland County. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians say this new casino would hurt their facilities in Cherokee and Murphy.