N. Carolina receives casino proposal from S. Carolina tribe

The draft proposal has been submitted to Gov. Roy Cooper's administration.
The draft proposal has been submitted to Gov. Roy Cooper's administration.

The state has received a casino proposal from the Catawba Indian Nation.

US.- North Carolina has received a proposal from a South Carolina-based Native American tribe for a casino resort it wants to operate in Cleveland County.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration received the draft application from the Catawba Indian Nation on Friday, but further details were not released since documents dealing with legal proceedings are exempt from public record laws.

If the proposal is accepted, the agreement would become a gaming compact between the state and the tribe. The compact would determine which games would be offered at the property, along with what revenue the state would receive.

Ford Porter, a spokesperson for Cooper’s administration, said any potential compact would need approval from the Department of the Interior, which usually calls on the public’s opinion.

The Department of the Interior has already given permission for the Catawbas to use land in North Carolina for the casino, but the decision is being disputed by Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians which operates two casinos there.