Catawba Indian Nation said a federal court ruled favorably in a proceeding to stop the planned North Carolina casino.
In a Facebook post on Friday evening, tribal leaders said they were “informed” and “excited to announce” their victory in court.
According to tribal leaders, the lawsuit filed by the eastern band of Cherokee Indians is the last big thing for the Catawba to open a $ 273 million two-kings casino resort off Interstate 85. It was a hurdle.
The casino will open at Temporary facility This fall, at a site about 30 miles west of Charlotte.
The judge said he found Unfounded The Associated Press reported on the Cherokee allegations in a proceeding filed against the Federal Ministry of Interior in March 2020.
The Cherokee sued after the department approved the tribe’s application to trust Kings Mountain’s land.
On Friday on Facebook, the Catawba, based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, said they “intervened in a proceeding to protect our rights.”
The eastern band of Cherokee Indians owns the only other casinos licensed by the state in the mountains of North Carolina.
The Harras Cherokee Casino operates approximately 3 hours west of Charlotte, west of Asheville near Maggie Valley. The Harras Cherokee Valley River Casino is a 4-hour drive from Charlotte near Georgia and Tennessee.
Signed by Governor Roy Cooper and Catawba Indian Nation in January Revenue sharing contract This paved the way for Las Vegas-style gaming at Kings Mountain’s planned resorts.
The Cherokees partially claimed that the land had historically belonged to them and that the federal government violated US law by giving the Catawba confidence in the land.
Judge James Bosburg of the US District Court opposed the decision on Friday.
According to AP, the judge said in a statement on page 55, “But in each claim, they either lack status or lose merit, so they come up with snake eyes.” Said.He is based in Washington DC
The Catawba said they were planning a temporary facility despite the proceedings.