South Carolina tribe get the go-ahead to build casino

Catawba Indian Nation receives approval to build a casino and resort in South Carolina.

US.- 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.

The U.S. Department of the Interior approved the American Indian tribe’s request to use 16 acres near Interstate 85 in Kings Mountain, about 35 miles northwest of the Catawba reservation in upstate South Carolina.

The entertainment complex will require a US$273 million investment and could generate over 1,600 construction jobs and create more than 3,000 direct and indirect jobs once built, according to a recent economic development evaluation of the project.

“The tribe is very thankful for the department’s decision to take this land into trust, enabling us to achieve the promise of self-determination though economic development,” tribal Chief, Bill Harris, said in a news release.

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