Catawba Nation confirmed a groundbreaking ceremony for the nearly $300 million casino near Charlotte in Kings Mountain, slated to open in late spring or early summer of next year. In March, the U.S. Interior department put the land in trust, a designation that gives it the right to develop a casino. This month the Cherokees filed an amended claim citing political pressure from the project’s “The Department of the Interior—under both Obama and Trump administrations—rejected the Catawba Nation’s claims that the Department must take North Carolina lands into trust for the South Carolina Tribe. The proposed location of the casino off of I-85 in Cleveland County would encroach upon Cherokee aboriginal territory—territory ceded by the Cherokee by treaty, and territory A federal judge rejected their request for a preliminary injunction, saying the Cherokees had not suffered “irreparable harm” by the government’s approval of the Catawba casino. In a memo explaining his order, Judge James Boasberg cited the Catawbas’ “significant economic challenges.” The proposed casino has reignited a feud between the Carolinas’ biggest tribes over centuries On April 30, 2020, the EBCI’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop construction on the casino was rejected by US District Court Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, DC, who said the Cherokee Tribe had not suffered “irreparable harm” by the DOI’s approval of the Catawba casino. At issue: the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort, a proposed $273 million, 17-acre project in Cleveland County. The Catawba Indian Nation has been working for seven years to make the resort a reality. It plans gaming tables, 1,300 electronic game machines as well as restaurants, which it says will economically benefit the tribe and the area. A federal judge rejected their request for a preliminary injunction, saying the Cherokees had not suffered “irreparable harm” by the government’s approval of the Catawba casino.
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