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7/10/2020

article Groundbreaking planned for Kings Mountain casino
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation announced that groundbreaking for their casino will be this month. “The Catawba Nation is pleased to announce that we...

7/9/2020

article Did political muscle win approval for Catawbas’ NC casino? Cherokees think so
(North Carolina) -- A proposed $273 million Catawba Indian casino that would bring Vegas-style gambling close to Charlotte faces a new legal challenge from a rival tribe...
press release Eastern Band Files Amended Lawsuit To Block Catawaba Casino
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) has amended its federal lawsuit which hopes to block the Catawaba Nation, based in South Carolina, from...
article Lawsuit in Tribal Battle Over North Carolina Casino Project
(North Carolina) -- A yearslong bid by the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation to build a casino and resort in North Carolina could stall once again following a...

5/27/2020

article Tribes continue battle for proposed casino in Kings Mountain
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians continues to contest the Catawba Indian Nation’s goal of building a casino in Kings Mountain. On March 13...
article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Indians on the warpath, again, in 21st Century
(North Carolina) -- Since getting run out of Canada around 1600 and settling Down South, as the legend goes, the Catawba Indians have had to struggle for survival. They...

5/22/2020

article Cherokee, Catawba tribes head to court over North Carolina casino
(North Carolina) -- Finding an amicable solution to a South Carolina (SC) tribe’s plans for a casino in territory claimed by a North Carolina (NC) tribe seems to...
article CN joins EBCI’s fight over trust land for casino
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation says it’s been granted permission to intervene in a court case between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina and...

5/20/2020

article Cherokee sues feds over Catawba decision
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has filed a federal lawsuit over a recent decision from the U.S. Department of the Interior that would pave the...

4/20/2020

article Vegas-style casino planned for King’s Mountain, just 35 miles from Charlotte
(North Carolina) -- Just before coronavirus began dominating the news cycle last month, the U.S. Department of the Interior approved a proposal from the Catawba Indian...

4/15/2020

article Catawba Indian Nation in Rock Hill feels coronavirus impacts
(South Carolina) -- Coronavirus has led to canceled events at the Catawba Indian Nation near Rock Hill, said Elizabeth Harris, tribal administrator. Harris said much of...

3/19/2020

article Cherokee Tribe Sues DOI For Flipping Land To Another Tribe [sub req]
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has made good on its promise to sue the U.S. Department of the Interior over the department’s approval of...

3/18/2020

article Proposed Catawba Indian casino in King’s Mountain moves forward
(North Carolina) -- On March 12, the Catawba Indian Nation held a press conference to present renderings and construction plans for a new destination casino on a site in...

3/17/2020

article South Carolina Indian tribe approved for North Carolina casino
(North Carolina) -- It took well over six years, but a native Indian tribe out of South Carolina has finally received approval to build a casino. The US Department of...
article US Interior Department green lights tribal casino project in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- The $273 M investment in the 195,000-square-foot casino resort could generate $208 M in direct annual spending and $428 M overall. The casino will be...

3/15/2020

article Catawba Indian Nation gets green light for casino in North Carolina; EBCI to sue
(North Carolina) -- A recent Department of the Interior (DOI) decision to take land into trust effectively gives the Catawba Indian Nation the green light to open a...

3/14/2020

article Catawba Indian Nation gets OK to move forward with Kings Mountain casino
(North Carolina) -- After seven years and two months of waiting to see if a casino would come to Cleveland County, the U.S. Department of Interior dealt a winning hand...
article Federal decision allows Rock Hill’s Catawba Nation to move forward with NC casino
(North Carolina) -- The Rock Hill, S.C.-based Catawba Indian Nation will move forward with a planned casino in Kings Mountain, N.C. The U.S. Department of Interior...
article U.S. government OKs letting S.C. tribe build N.C. casino
(North Carolina) -- The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has received permission from the federal government to build a casino and resort on land over the...

3/13/2020

article BIA decision paves the way for Catawba casino in Kings Mountain
(North Carolina) -- Plans to build a casino in Kings Mountain could move forward following a decision from the U.S. Department of the Interior to take 16.57 acres in...
article Catawba Indian Nation expects to win big with casino proposed in Kings Mountain
(North Carolina) -- Catawba Indian Nation Chief Bill Harris stood before a roomful of Kings Mountain and Cleveland County political and business leaders on Friday and...
article Catawba Indian Nation gets OK to move forward with Kings Mountain casino
(North Carolina) -- After seven years and two months of waiting to see if a casino would come to Cleveland County, the U.S. Department of Interior dealt a winning hand...
article Federal officials open door to a Catawba Indian casino 35 miles west of Charlotte
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indians have won federal approval to open a $273 million casino complex in Cleveland County, a move that would bring Vegas-style gambling...

3/12/2020

article Catawba Indian Nation to announce plans for new casino in Kings Mountain, N.C.
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation will present, on Friday, plans and renderings of the new destination casino planned for a site in Kings Mountain, N.C. As a...

12/24/2019

article Time to weigh in on the casino
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation is moving forward with a proposed casino by asking for public comment on an environmental assessment of land in Kings...

11/11/2019

article Need work? 16 employers hiring, will be in Rock Hill on the Catawba Reservation.
(South Carolina) -- It’s a job fair with cultural flair. On Nov. 13, more than a dozen public and private employers will participate in the second annual Catawba...

8/28/2019

article Graham: Catawba tribe’s resort is much-needed in Charlotte region
(North Carolina) -- Maybe once in a generation, if it’s lucky, a community gets a shot at landing an economic game-changer: the textile mills of old, car plants,...

8/26/2019

article ‘We’ve got to let the past go’: Catawba Indian Nation Chief talks about the future
(North Carolina) -- Bill Harris has four more years to achieve his goals for the Catawba Indian Nation in Rock Hill. Those goals include improving the Nation’s...

7/5/2019

article Letter: Catawba casino would lift entire Charlotte region
(North Carolina) -- Charlotte’s region is booming – but not all of it. Just 30 miles west of the Queen City, Cleveland County is among North Carolina’s...

6/30/2019

article COLUMN: Catawbas latest victims in state’s self-defeating gambling stance
(South Carolina) -- State Sen. Gerald Malloy recently suggested it’s time for voters to decide whether South Carolina is finally game for casinos. He’s right...

6/29/2019

article COLUMN: Why are Carolina Native American tribes at war with each other?
(North Carolina) -- Last week U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criticizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based Catawba...

6/26/2019

article Cherokee, Catawba tribes battle over proposed casino in King Mountain
(North Carolina) -- Two of the Carolinas’ most prominent American Indian tribes are battling over geography and lucrative gambling turf. The Cherokee in North...
article Column: Why are our Native American tribes at war?
(North Carolina) -- Last week U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criticizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based Catawba...
article N.C. Senator, Cherokee chief spar in opposing op-eds
(North Carolina) -- In his first public statement on a bill he cosponsored in March, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., wrote an op-ed published in The Charlotte Observer June...
article Plans for Kings Mountain casino put on hold
(North Carolina) -- A group of North and South Carolina senators is backing a bill that would let the Catawba Indian Nation move forward with their plan. But the Eastern...

6/25/2019

article Tribe's push to build casino spurs Carolinas political fight
(North Carolina) -- Two of the Carolinas' most prominent American Indian tribes are battling over geography and lucrative gambling turf. The Cherokee in North...

6/12/2019

article Records show Catawba casino developer donated to bill sponsors
(South Carolina) -- Federal campaign finance records show that Wallace Cheves, developer for a proposed Catawba Indian Nation casino in Kings Mountain, donated nearly $...

5/30/2019

article Congressional Opposition to Catawba Off Rez Casino Grows
(North Carolina) -- State and national congressional members continue to speak out in opposition of a bill that would allow South Carolina’s Catawba Indian Nation...
article Opposition from NC lawmakers mounts to proposed Catawba casino in Kings Mountain
(North Carolina) -- A growing number of North Carolina elected officials — including Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper — are fighting legislation that would open...

5/25/2019

article Catawba Nation continues to see opposition to casino on homelands
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Nation continues to face opposition, near and far, to a proposed casino on its homelands in North Carolina. "Say NO to a Casino in...

5/24/2019

article North Carolina state senators voice opposition to Catawba Bill
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation is seeking a casino near Kings Mountain, and Senate Bill S. 790 would help pave the way for them to open up for business....

5/22/2019

article N.C. Senate opposes Catawba casino
(North Carolina) -- A bipartisan majority of senators in the N.C. General Assembly have signed a letter opposing a Congressional bill that would pave the way for a new...
article Proposed tribal casino pits Cherokee versus Catawba
(North Carolina) -- The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation wants to build a $340 million casino in Kings Mountain. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opposes...

5/21/2019

article Bid for casino near Charlotte splits tribes, NC officials
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation wants to build a casino west of Charlotte, creating a rift with the Eastern Band of the Cherokees and among North Carolina...
article Proposed Kings Mountain casino continues to gain opponents
(North Carolina) -- People have been waiting years to hear if a casino is coming to Kings Mountain, but not everyone wants it. Alton Beal, a local pastor, is a member of...

5/20/2019

press release Opposition to a proposed Catawba Indian Nation off reservation casino builds
(North Carolina) -- A bill sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina that would authorize the Catawba...

5/16/2019

article Catawba Indian Nation Revives Festival
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation is bringing back the Yap Ye Iswa, or Day of the Catawba, festival after a 12-year hiatus.

5/8/2019

article Chief: casino rule change unfair
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Richard Sneed of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians on Friday said that should a proposed Catawba casino become a reality in...
article Congressional hearing explores Catawba casino
(North Carolina) -- Political leaders in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are optimistic following a recent congressional hearing on legislation that would pave the...

5/7/2019

article Senate Committee holds hearing on Catawba “casino” bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Catawba Indian Nation, based in Rock Hill, S.C., is seeking a casino near Kings Mountain, and a Senate bill would help pave the way for them to...
article Will There Be A New Tribal Casino In North Carolina?
(North Carolina) -- 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...

5/5/2019

article Catawba Indian Nation Chief testifies on Capitol Hill RE: Kings Mountain casino
(Washington D.C.) -- In an effort to acquire a plot of land off of Dixon School Road to use for the construction of a casino in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Catawba...

5/4/2019

article Catawba Nation asks Congress to fulfill promise in land claim settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- The Catawba Nation settled its land claim against the United States almost three decades ago but the tribe has yet to reclaim the territory promised...

5/2/2019

article Kings Mountain casino talks makes it to DC
(Washington D.C.) -- Talks of a casino in Kings Mountain went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Catawba Indian Nation Chief Bill Harris appeared before the U.S. Senate...

4/25/2019

article Eastern Cherokee Band Whips Up Opposition to North Carolina Casino Proposed by South Carolina Catawba Tribe
(North Carolina) -- County officials across Western North Carolina are calling for two North Carolina Congressmen to withdraw their support for a federal bill that would...

4/24/2019

article WNC voices opposition to Catawba casino legislation
(North Carolina) -- Towns and counties across Western North Carolina are considering resolutions to oppose a Congressional bill that would pave the way for a casino to...

4/23/2019

article Congressional hearing to be held on proposed Kings Mountain casino
(North Carolina) -- A congressional hearing will be held next Wednesday as the Catawba Indian Nation pushes to build a casino just outside Kings Mountain. The hearing...
article VIDEO: Catawba Indian Nation pushes for Kings Mountain casino
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation's Chief will head to Capitol Hill next week to lobby for the multi-million dollar casino.

4/19/2019

article Talks of Kings Mountain casino heat up
(South Carolina) -- For the past five years, people in and around Cleveland County have waited for news about a possible casino in Kings Mountain. There appears to be...

4/17/2019

article Catawba Indian nation casino takes step forward
(North Carolina) -- For six years, the Catawba Indian Nation in York County has been waiting for the chance to develop a rural piece of land off Interstate 85 near Kings...

4/7/2019

article Haywood takes stance against proposed casino
(North Carolina) -- A bill currently in the United States Senate that could clear the way for a new North Carolina casino is already seeing stiff opposition from local...

3/29/2019

article No foul play suspected after body found on Catawba Reservation
(South Carolina) -- The York County Sheriff's Department said it does not suspect foul play after a woman's body was found in a wooded area early Friday morning...

3/23/2019

article Catawba Nation predicts 'huge' economic impact with casino on homelands
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Nation is looking forward to a brighter future with a proposed gaming facility on its homelands in North Carolina. Chief Bill Harris told...

3/21/2019

article A casino in York County? New bill could make it a reality
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Reservation is made up of two large pieces of land in York County. Hundreds of people reside there, and the tribe itself claims a...
article Catawba tribe wants to open a casino near Charlotte. Cherokees call it a ‘land grab.’
(North Carolina) -- The Carolinas’ two biggest Indian tribes are locked in battle over a proposed Charlotte-area casino, reigniting a feud over centuries-old land...

3/20/2019

article Catawba Nation predicts 'huge' economic impact with casino on homelands
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Nation is looking forward to a brighter future with a proposed gaming facility on its homelands in North Carolina. Chief Bill Harris told...
article Catawbas seeking casino in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation is seeking a casino near Kings Mountain, and a recent Senate bill would help pave the way for them to open up for business...

3/19/2019

article KM casino introduced in US Senate
(North Carolina) -- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation in Washington, D.C. last Wednesday, March 13, allowing the Catawba Indian Nation to take land...

3/16/2019

article Tribal casino clash brewing in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- In a move that has stirred up controversy, Wednesday reportedly saw United States Senator Lindsey Graham introduce federal legislation that would...

3/15/2019

article Lindsey Graham pushes for Catawba Indian casino in NC near state line
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced a bill this week that would put land off Interstate 85 into a trust for the Catawba Indian Tribe for...
article U.S. Senators introduces legislation supporting Catawba Indian Nation gaming facility in N.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis have introduced legislation supporting efforts of the Catawba Indian Nation to build and...

3/14/2019

article Federal Bill Would Bring South Carolina Tribe’s Casino to North Carolina
(Washington D.C.) -- US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S. Carolina) on Wednesday dropped a bill on Capitol Hill that, if passed, would take land into trust for the Catawba...
article New bill marks first move to bring Indian tribe casino to Cleveland County
(North Carolina) -- South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a bill Wednesday night that would set aside land along I-85 corridor in Cleveland County into a...
article Senators introduce legislation on Catawba Indian Nation Application
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Burr and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced legislation on Thursday that clarifies the authority of the...

1/4/2019

article Native Americans in South Carolina: ‘A great survival story’
(South Carolina) -- Near the foothills of Appalachia, just south of the South Carolina-North Carolina line and a few miles from Andrew Jackson State Park, the Catawba...

4/25/2018

article The Catawba Indian Nation carries on 4,000 year old traditions in S.C.
(South Carolina) -- Before the United States, before the Carolinas, before the Americas, thousands of years before our European and African ancestors landed, willingly...

10/21/2017

article Catawba Indian Nation seeking donations after a dozen residents displaced by apartment fire
(South Carolina) -- Most of the vertical caution tape wrapped around columns at the Green Earth development apartments on the Catawba Indian Reservation isn’t real...

10/20/2017

article Former resident authors book on Catawba Indians
(South Carolina) -- Former Sanford resident Judy Canty Martin, a member of the Catawba Indians who helped settle the San Luis Valley in the 1880’s, authored a book...
article Apartment fire at Catawba Indian Nation in York County displaces 5 families
(South Carolina) -- A fire in apartments on the Catawba Indian reservation in York County Friday night displaced as many as a dozen people from five apartment units,...

10/15/2017

article Catawbas remember ‘medicine man’ at memorial service
(South Carolina) -- Members of the Catawba Indian Nation said goodbye to their former medicine man and U.S. Navy veteran John George Saturday.

10/10/2017

article Official Catawba Indian ‘medicine man’ John George dies at 71
(South Carolina) -- Among the Catawba Indian Nation in York County, one person knew the plants that dated back millenia. He knew how the plants are used, the meanings of...

9/10/2017

article Catawba Nation remains in limbo years after submitting casino application
(North Carolina) -- It's been four years since the Catawba Nation submitted a casino application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and it's anyone's guess when...

9/9/2017

article North Carolina tribe still waiting on land-into-trust decision
(North Carolina) -- Despite filing a land-into-trust application with the federal government for a 16-acre plot of North Carolina land over four years ago, the Catawba...

9/7/2017

article Fate of casino still undecided
(South Carolina) -- The wait is not over yet. And there appears to be more waiting in store before we know whether Kings Mountain will become home to a 16-acre Catawba...
article Schiele to host Catawba Indian Festival
(South Carolina) -- The Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium will host The Catawba Indian Festival on Saturday, Sept. 9. The festival will be from 10 a.m....

9/6/2017

article Feds still holding the cards in casino decision
(South Carolina) -- Four years ago, the Catawba Indian Nation petitioned the federal government for the rights to land in the Kings Mountain area to build a $600 million...

9/2/2017

article Feds still holding the cards in casino decision
(North Carolina) -- Four years ago the Catawba Indian Nation petitioned the federal government for the rights to land in the Kings Mountain area to build a $600 million...

5/10/2017

article Catawba Indian Nation closes bingo hall in Rock Hill
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation has closed its bingo operation on Cherry Road in Rock Hill. In a news release Wednesday night, the tribe said the closing...

5/8/2017

article Native American Two Spirit Fights to Keep Tribe’s Language Alive
(South Carolina) -- The ancestral home of DeLesslin "Roo" George-Warren's tribe is along the banks of the Catawba River, near the modern border of North...

1/22/2017

article Catawba Indian Nation leader says $4.5 million debt is hardship for tribe
(South Carolina) -- The Rock Hill school district’s latest attempt to collect a decades-long $4.5 million debt from the Catawba Indian Nation would hurt the tribe...

12/13/2016

article Rock Hill school district works with Catawba Indian Nation to settle decades-long debt
(South Carolina) -- School officials are taking legal action aimed at settling a decades-long $4.5 million debt. In October, the Rock Hill school board approved a...

11/18/2016

article Catawba Indian Nation ends talks with producer on potential $350M movie studio
(South Carolina) -- Catawba Indian Nation leaders voted this week to end negotiations with a film producer to build and manage a movie studio on tribal land in eastern...

10/20/2016

article Native American bingo hall faces opposition from local charities in North Charleston
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation hopes to open a high-stakes bingo hall in North Charleston, a move decried by local charities that raise money from the...

10/8/2016

article Brooke Bauer, PhD, comes home to preserve her Catawba culture
(Michigan) -- Brooke Bauer grew up listening to the voices of native women sitting in the shade of a huge oak tree in front of her grandmother’s mobile home on the...

7/16/2016

article NC youth group volunteers in York County
(South Carolina) -- A youth group from First Baptist Church in Lincolnton, N.C. spent the week in York County as part of its summer mission trip.

6/16/2016

article Former SC chief justice among those paying tribute to beloved Catawba Indian Chief Blue
(South Carolina) -- There can be only one chief. At any given time – just as America has a single president, South Carolina has a single governor – the...

6/13/2016

article Funeral Wednesday for Gilbert Blue, former Catawba Indian chief
(South Carolina) -- The funeral for Gilbert Blue, the former Catawba Indian Nation chief, is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

6/11/2016

article Former Catawba Chief Gilbert Blue, who fought for tribe’s state and national recognition, has died
(South Carolina) -- Gilbert Blue, the legendary former Catawba Indian Chief who was the driving force behind the tribe getting recognition by the United States...

5/11/2016

article Catawba Indian chief to receive state honor for pottery work, advocacy
(South Carolina) -- Catawba Indian Chief Bill Harris will be honored for his artistry in Catawba pottery with a state award Wednesday. Harris is one of two 2016...

5/9/2016

article 4,000 Year-old Catawba Indian Pottery, Revived By New Generation Of Potters
(South Carolina) -- For as far back as 2,000 BC, mothers in the Catawba Indian tribe have been using special techniques to craft unique pieces of hand-made pottery,...

5/5/2016

article Catawba Indians and ‘Pocahontas’ star announce film production partnership
(South Carolina) -- Native American actress Irene Bedard is known for lending her voice to her craft. As an advocate and one of the most recognizable Native American...

3/21/2016

article Catawba Indian Nation buys multi-media production company
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation has bought its own multi-media production company, a move that comes at a strategic time for the tribe. The Herald of Rock...

3/19/2016

article Catawba Indians buy movie, television production company
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation has gained instant credibility for a proposed $350 million film studio project, buying its own multi-media production...

3/1/2016

article Rare photos document Catawba Indian ‘Renaissance’
(South Carolina) -- A collection of 23 rare original, nondigital images by photojournalist Catherine Bauknight documenting the three-year period she spent with the...

2/8/2016

article Catawba Studio backer forms South Carolina Film Advisory Board
(South Carolina) -- When people dream big, they usually have more than their share of doubters. So when the Catawba Indian Nation and Bert Hesse joined forces, each...

1/28/2016

article Group continues to oppose Catawba casino near Charlotte
(North Carolina) -- Federally recognized in both South Carolina and North Carolina, the Catawba Indian Nation has high hopes for two significant projects in the not so...

1/27/2016

article What does a casino in the Charlotte area mean for the community?
(North Carolina) -- While the Catawba Indian Nation hopes to begin construction on a multi-million-dollar movie studio just south of Charlotte in the coming months, a...

1/23/2016

article Catawba Indian Assistant Chief Wayne George dies
(South Carolina) -- Wayne George, assistant chief for the Catawba Indian Nation, has died. George, 67, was assistant chief since 2011. He was re-elected in 2015 and...

1/22/2016

article Catawba Studios eyes June groundbreaking in York County
(South Carolina) -- If public and private funding is secured soon, the Catawba Indian Nation could break ground on a $350 million movie studio project in June.

12/30/2015

article LOOKING AHEAD: Questions remain about future of proposed casino
(North Carolina) -- In 2013, The Catabwa Indian Nation petitioned the federal government for the rights to land in the Kings Mountain area to build a $600 million casino...

12/23/2015

article Catawba Indian Nation loses domestic violence grant
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation is losing a federal grant to combat domestic violence, ending one full-time position in the tribe's social services...

12/22/2015

article Catawba Indians lose domestic violence grant funding, positions cut
(South Carolina) -- The end of the year will also bring an end to a domestic violence grant serving members of the Catawba Indian Nation, ending one full-time position...

11/29/2015

article Catawbas fought for land, recognition, gaming rights
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indians lost 144,000 acres along the Catawba River in an 1840 treaty with South Carolina. More than 150 years later, South Carolina...

11/11/2015

article Could new mayor, council alter casino’s fate?
(North Carolina) -- Opponents of a proposed casino-hotel complex say last week’s local election results will breathe new life into their efforts to stop the...

9/25/2015

article Catawba Indians reviewing overdue audit
(North Carolina) -- Tribal officials are reviewing an overdue audit that must be submitted to the federal government by the end of the month to keep federal money that...

9/23/2015

article $350M movie studio envisioned for Catawba reservation in SC
(South Carolina) -- A $350 million movie studio and entertainment complex is being proposed for 124 acres on the Catawba Indian reservation in York County.

9/22/2015

article Catawba film studio project backers seek ‘right money’ at ‘right time’
(South Carolina) -- Supporters of a proposed movie studio-entertainment complex on the Catawba Indian Reservation are seeking the “right money at the right time....

9/2/2015

article Anti-casino groups planning vigil
(North Carolina) -- The Kings Mountain Awareness Group in conjunction with an organization called Stop Predatory Gambling is holding a National Day of Action at Kings...

8/26/2015

article Burton brings anti-casino message to campaign
(North Carolina) -- One Kings Mountain man’s card reads, in part, “Do you think safe, clean, Christian small town living is wonderful and precious? Cast your...

8/12/2015

article BURTON: Between a rock and a hard place
(North Carolina) -- The continuance of efforts to keep a proposed casino in Kings Mountain in the spotlight, aided by the news media is the same to me as slowly...

8/5/2015

article Catawba Indian election results upheld
(South Carolina) -- Despite the protests of several candidates in last month’s Catawba Indian Nation elections, the tribal election committee has upheld the...

8/3/2015

article Catawbas, Hard Rock in talks over NC casino
(North Carolina) -- The chief of the Catawba Indian Nation said his tribe is negotiating with Hard Rock International to use the brand for a proposed casino in North...

8/1/2015

article Catawba tribe announces negotiations with Hard Rock, leaders cautiously optimistic
(South Carolina) -- Last week, the chief of the Catawba Indian Nation said his tribe is in negotiations with Hard Rock International to use the brand for a proposed...
article Editorial: Catawbas, Hard Rock partnership sounds like a winning hand
(South Carolina) -- The news keeps trickling out about a casino in Kings Mountain run by the Catawba Indian Nation. The latest: The casino could bear the brand of Hard...

7/30/2015

article Catawba Indian Nation pushes for $600M casino in Kings Mountain
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation has confirmed it is in talks with Hard Rock International in Orlando about managing $600 million casino in Kings Mountain....
article Catawba tribal election results challenged
(South Carolina) -- The results of last weekend’s elections in the Catawba Indian Nation are under challenge, with close results in at least two races being...

7/29/2015

article Casino branding: Catawba Indians in talks with Hard Rock
(South Carolina) -- The Native American tribe aiming to build a gaming and resort complex in Kings Mountain has announced it is in negotiations with Hard Rock...

7/27/2015

article Hard Rock Casino may be coming to Charlotte region
(North Carolina) -- Is a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino coming to the Charlotte region? Maybe. The Catawba Indian Nation is talking to Hard Rock International of Orlando,...
article Not enough Catawbas vote to get new tribal constitution
(South Carolina) -- A bid to create a new constitution for the Catawba Indian Nation has failed after not enough members of the tribe voted in a weekend election.

7/26/2015

article Catawba seeking national brand for N.C. casino project
(North Carolina) -- The proposed Catawba Indian Nation casino in Kings Mountain, N.C., could carry the nationally recognized Hard Rock brand name, say tribal leaders.
article Catawba seeking to brand North Carolina casino project on a national level
(South Carolina) -- Despite opposition by Governor Pat McCrory and other North Carolina officials, The Catawba Indian Nation is moving forward with the planning for...
article SC-based Catawbas talk to Hard Rock for brand for NC casino
(South Carolina) -- The chief of the Catawba Indian Nation said his tribe is negotiating with Hard Rock International to use the brand for a proposed casino in North...

7/24/2015

article Catawba Indians could change tribal constitution in Saturday vote
(South Carolina) -- Americans have lived under the same Constitution for more than 200 years. South Carolina adopted its current foundational document over a century ago...

7/22/2015

article Catawbas want $350M movie, TV studio on York County reservation
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation plans a $350 million movie and television studio on its York County reservation that could be in production by spring 2017...
article Failed Charlotte movie studio may end up on SC tribal land
(South Carolina) -- A multi-million dollar movie studio project that failed in Charlotte could see new life just across the border in South Carolina. The Catawba Indian...

7/21/2015

article Catawba Indians considering $350 million movie studio project
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Reservation could be home to one of the largest movie studios east of Los Angeles if tribal leaders and a film producer reach an...

6/25/2015

article Catawba Indian Nation considering movie studio project for reservation
(Alabama) -- The Catawba Indians and Studio South are considering a $125 million movie studio project on the Catawba Reservation, says Chief Bill Harris of the Catawba...

6/23/2015

article Money for Catawba school bill dropped from state budget
(South Carolina) -- The Legislature made progress toward getting a state budget together over the weekend, when a conference committee between the House and Senate...

6/16/2015

article State budget proviso would help pay Catawba Indian Nation bill for schools
(South Carolina) -- When state legislators return to Columbia on Tuesday, their overriding goal will be to hammer out a compromise budget that will keep South Carolina...

6/9/2015

article Catawba Indian funding plea axed over unpaid school tuition bill
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation’s loss is holiday ice skaters’ gain. Rock Hill will spend accommodations tax money on one less item next year after the...

5/13/2015

article Utility poles stir up casino talk
(North Carolina) -- Folks driving along Dixon School Rd. in the last few days may have noticed a line of fresh utility poles that have sprouted up along a stretch of the...

4/16/2015

article Rock Hill schools, Catawba Indians negotiating unpaid tuition bill
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation and the Rock Hill school district are negotiating over the terms of an unpaid tuition bill that could range from $2.7...

4/7/2015

article Three speak out against casino
(North Carolina) -- Beauford Burton, Adam Forcade and Rev. James Lockridge, three members of a group opposing a proposed Catawba casino and resort, returned to the Kings...

3/24/2015

article Catawba Indian culture explored in two new Lancaster exhibits
(South Carolina) -- Late 20th century photos of the Catawba Indians and native languages are the two new exhibits at the University of South Carolina’s Native...

3/13/2015

article Catawba teens get to see the president – eventually
(South Carolina) -- Three Rock Hill High School students had the chance of a lifetime to see the president of the United States in person – if only they could find...

2/25/2015

article Business owners rally behind casino idea
(North Carolina) -- Casino? No casino? Will we hear the rumble of slot machines and the clink of dice in Kings Mountain or will the patch of land on Dixon School Rd....

2/7/2015

article Casino still in holding pattern
(South Carolina) -- Plans for the Catawba Indian Nation resort and casino are under scrutiny in Washington, D.C.

2/6/2015

article Casino still in holding pattern
(South Carolina) -- Plans for the Catawba Indian Nation resort and casino are under scrutiny in Washington, D.C. “It has been reviewed for the past three or four...

2/4/2015

article 75 pastors sign letter, ask city to withdraw support of casino
(South Carolina) -- A letter signed by 75 pastors calling for city council to withdraw support of a proposed casino was presented to Mayor Rick Murphrey last Tuesday...
article Expert: No time limit on casino fate
(South Carolina) -- The fate of the multimillion dollar casino/resort development planned on a parcel of land at the intersection of I-85 and Dixon School Road still...
article Ministers rally against casino
(South Carolina) -- Railing against “an industry that capitalizes on people’s desperation,” a group of area ministers met last week to voice their...

1/28/2015

article Pastors speak out against proposed Kings Mountain casino
(North Carolina) -- A group of pastors said a proposed casino in Kings Mountain would hurt the county. Members of the group represent several denominations and launched...

12/31/2014

article Year in Review: 2014
(North Carolina) -- There were rumors. And there were arguments and protests. But 2014 brought no official word on the progress of a proposal that would put a casino in...

12/30/2014

article What's on the horizon in 2015? [5th Item]
(North Carolina) -- Plans for a potential 16-acre, 1.8 million square foot Catawba Indian Nation resort and casino are still in the hands of the federal government, who...

12/23/2014

article With casino in sights, Silver Villa moves closer to interstate
(North Carolina) -- Rick Hamrick began to look for a new home -- and possibly a new look -- for his popular bar The Silver Villa Restaurant about a year ago. He and his...
article Withdraw casino support, say church groups
(North Carolina) -- “You still have time to withdraw your support of a casino” was the message of a standing-room-only crowd representing four Kings Mountain...

12/17/2014

article Casino opposition group takes petition to Washington
(North Carolina) -- Five members of the Kings Mountain Awareness Group went to Washington, DC Monday and hand-delivered city councilman Tommy Hawkins' letter...
article Catawba Nation casino opponents meet with BIA officials in DC
(North Carolina) -- Opponents of the proposed Catawba Nation casino in North Carolina met with Bureau of Indian Affairs officials in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The...

11/20/2014

article My Turn: Proposal to build casino in Cleveland County was a sneak attack
(North Carolina) -- We do have lots to be thankful about in these United States. We’ve enjoyed the best and most blessed country in the world. We’ve had ups...

11/4/2014

article Hawkins retracts casino support
(North Carolina) -- Ward III Councilman Tommy Hawkins surprised a packed city hall crowd last Tuesday, which included 52 responders to a recent search for a missing...

10/15/2014

article Oldest Catawba Indian had ‘a truly great soul’
(South Carolina) -- Bertha George Harris was not just an elder in the Catawba Indian Nation, she was the eldest elder. Harris, at 101, was the oldest member of the 2,800...

10/12/2014

article City urged to rescind support for Catawba Nation casino plan
(North Carolina) -- Some residents of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, are urging the city to rescind its support for the proposed Catawba Nation casino. The tribe plans...

10/8/2014

article Debate continues on benefits, detriments of possible casino
(North Carolina) -- A standing-room-only crowd listened to 10 people, six who asked city council to withdraw support of a proposed Catawba Indian Nation resort/casino,...

10/7/2014

article Catawba potter’s miniatures ‘will live forever’
(South Carolina) -- No other group on this earth of 7 billion people makes pottery the way the Catawba Indians of York County make it. Using clay hand-dug from Catawba...

10/5/2014

article OP/ED: Gambling's 'pernicious effect' on government
(North Carolina) -- It may come as a surprise for many, but just within the lifetime of most Americans, legal casino gambling existed in only two places in our nation:...

9/26/2014

article Catawba Indian section of Carolina Thread Trail opens
(South Carolina) -- If you take a walk on the Catawba Indian Nation Greenway Trail, it’s a bit like walking back in time, a chance to see the woods, the river and...

8/31/2014

article Opinion: There’s more to casino debate than meets the ear
(North Carolina) -- Gambling is good, says the Cherokee tribe, because it spins off money to build up the reservation. Gambling is bad, says the Cherokee tribe, if it is...

8/27/2014

article Teens speak out against casino plans; Anti-casino group returns to KM city council meeting
(North Carolina) -- Protestors against the proposed resort and casino in Kings Mountain aren’t backing down anytime soon. At the Kings Mountain City Council...

8/26/2014

article What was missing from the weekend News & Observer story on casinos
(North Carolina) -- If you subscribe to or frequently check out Raleigh’s News & Observer, you probably saw the featured Sunday story that looked at casino...

8/14/2014

article Wait not over: One year later, fate of proposed casino still undecided
(South Carolina) -- Fifty-two weeks of political finger pointing. Fifty-two weeks of petitions for and protests against. Fifty-two weeks of waiting.

8/12/2014

article Rock Hill meth ringleader who burned barn while on bond gets 15 years prison after guilty plea
(South Carolina) -- A man described by prosecutors as a ringleader in past York County methamphetamine production and distribution was sentenced to 15 years in prison...

7/31/2014

article Casino opponents show up at City Hall
(North Carolina) -- Tuesday’s Kings Mountain City Council meeting was packed to overflow, not to hear about plans for applying for grant money, but to speak out...

7/29/2014

article COLUMN: There will be more losers than winners with casino plan
(North Carolina) -- How many synonyms does it take to accurately describe what has happened to the good citizens of Kings Mountain and Cleveland County? Truthfully, the...
article Protesters speak out against Kings Mountain casino plans
(North Carolina) -- Several dozen protesters against the proposed Catawba Indian Nation resort and casino made their presence known with homemade signs at Tuesday night...

7/28/2014

article Group opposing casino to protest at city hall
(North Carolina) -- A group opposed to plans to bring a Catawba Indian Nation resort and casino to Kings Mountain will publicly protest during Tuesday's regularly...

7/19/2014

article Bingo a winning number for Catawba Indians
(South Carolina) -- Five minutes before the first number was called, three Charlotte women – “old retired broads,” they call themselves – sat...
article Catawba Indian Nation offers something different with bingo
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation officially gets back into bingo gaming this weekend. The tribe got out of the bingo business back in 2006, citing...
article Group fighting Catawba Nation casino brings in national figure
(North Carolina) -- A group that's fighting the proposed Catawba Nation casino in North Carolina is holding a public forum tonight. Les Bernal, the national director...

7/18/2014

article A look inside the new Catawba bingo hall in Rock Hill
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation returns to the business of bingo in Rock Hill on Saturday. First game at the new hall on Cherry Road is 2 p.m. and the...

7/17/2014

article Waiting on word of casino, Catawba Indian Nation plays bingo
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation is getting back into bingo gaming in for the first time since 2006. Catawba Bingo on Cherry Road in Rock Hill opens to the...

7/16/2014

article Proposed casino in Kings Mountain facing mounting backlash
(North Carolina) -- The plan to transform a field in Kings Mountain into a $340 million casino is meeting major backlash. Today, Les Bernal, the national director of a...

7/11/2014

article In South Carolina, piety doesn't pave roads - but casinos would
(South Carolina) -- How dare those Democrats try to introduce sin and vice to South Carolina. Don't they know this is a good, pious state?

7/7/2014

article Catawba Nation sees support for gaming plan in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- The Catawba Nation of South Carolina is seeing support for its proposed casino in North Carolina. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) and Rep. George Miller...
article Congressmen support Catawba in casino plans
(North Carolina) -- Three longtime congressmen have urged the Interior Department to approve the Catawba Indian Nation’s trust application for land in Kings...

7/4/2014

article Catawba Trust Land Support Boosted by Three Congressmen
(North Carolina) -- Three longtime congressional friends of Indian country have urged the Interior Department to approve the Catawba Indian Nation’s trust...

6/30/2014

article Group opposing Catawba Nation casino posts misleading photos
(North Carolina) -- An anti-casino activist who boasts that his Facebook group has more than 1,000 followers has been posting misleading photos in his fight against the...

6/27/2014

article Opponents stepping up fight against proposed Catawba Indian casino in Kings Mountain
(North Carolina) -- Opponents of the Catawba Indian tribe’s plan to build a casino near Kings Mountain are stepping up their fight against the controversial...

5/26/2014

article Catawbas hire NC tribe to build new SC bingo hall
(South Carolina) -- When the Catawba Indians wanted to turn a former grocery store into a bingo hall, they did what any other business would do: They hired a contractor.

5/18/2014

article Catawba, Lumbee Indian nations united by common concerns
(South Carolina) -- When the Catawba Indians wanted to turn a former grocery store into a bingo hall, they did what any other business would do: They hired a contractor...

5/9/2014

article LETTER: Why I'm against proposed casino
(South Carolina) -- The proposed Catawba gaming / casino project has me greatly concerned. As I have followed it in the Kings Mountain Herald plus the Kings Mountain...

4/17/2014

article Opponents say 'casiNO' to Kings Mountain proposal
(North Carolina) -- Opposition to a proposed Catawba Indian Nation casino in Kings Mountain is growing. The recently established Kings Mountain Awareness Group is...

4/9/2014

article Opponents of Kings Mountain casino holding educational sessions for public
(North Carolina) -- As the federal government continues to review the Catawba tribe’s plan to build a casino near Kings Mountain opponents are busy countering...

4/4/2014

article Catawba bingo could return to Rock Hill as soon as next month
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation is looking to bring high-stakes bingo back to Rock Hill as soon as May. That was the word today from Catawba Chief Bill...

4/2/2014

article SC justices say cruise ship exception doesn't mean casinos are allowed on Catawba reservation
(South Carolina) -- A statewide ban on video gambling means that South Carolina's only federally recognized tribe cannot have a casino on its York County reservation...
article SC Justices: No Casino Allowed on Catawba Land
(South Carolina) -- South Carolina's highest court says the state's only federally recognized tribe cannot have a casino on its reservation.
article SC Supreme Court says Catawbas can’t offer video poker on York County reservation
(South Carolina) -- The S.C. Supreme Court has ruled that the Catawba Indian Nation does not have the right to offer video poker on its reservation. The court announced...
article SC Supreme Court says Catawbas can’t offer video poker on York County reservation
(South Carolina) -- The Catawba Indian Nation does not have the right to offer video poker on its reservation, the S.C. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.
article Sen. Hayes: Video poker is the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling
(South Carolina) -- The South Carolina Supreme Court has shot down a request by the Catawba Indian Nation to open video poker gaming facility on its York County...

3/31/2014

article Catawbas forge successful job partnership with BeaconMedaes
(South Carolina) -- When Turgay Ozan arrived in Rock Hill almost three years ago to lead BeaconMedaes’ North American operations, he faced several workforce issues.

3/27/2014

article Report: Economy slows gambling as resort planned for Kings Mountain
(North Carolina) -- A weak economy has slowed gambling revenues at U.S. Indian casinos, according to a national report released Wednesday, as the Catawba Indian Nation...

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