Monday, March 19, 2007

Tribe's Video Gambling Nixed

From the Houston Chronicle:
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Catawba Indian Nation may not offer video gambling on its reservation because it would violate a state law prohibiting the games, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The Catawbas, the only federally recognized tribe in South Carolina, sued in 2005 for the right to offer video gambling, arguing their 1993 land deal with the state allowed it.

A South Carolina law banned video gambling in 2000.

The state contends that the land deal means the tribe's reservation falls under state, not federal, gambling laws. The Catawbas disagree and said they would appeal.

"This is just another round," said tribe attorney Dwight Drake.