RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is considering a potential deal to allow a South Carolina-based Indian tribe to open a casino across the border in North Carolina, according to the News and Observer.
According to the paper, McCrory’s senior economic adviser Tony Almeida met with Cleveland County officials about a month ago to discuss a potential casino operated by the Catawba Indian Nation, said Ronnie Hawkins, chairman of the Cleveland County Commission.
The meeting, which took place at a possible site for the venue along Interstate 85 south of Kings Mountain, included discussion of a casino, hotel and other retail operations, Hawkins said.
Under existing state law, a casino could offer slot machines and live table games, such as poker and blackjack.
A McCrory spokesman declined to comment earlier this week because it is an ongoing economic development project that requires confidentiality. A spokeswoman for the Catawba Nation denied the tribe is seeking a gambling operation in North Carolina at this time.
If pursued, such a project would require a gambling compact, and negotiations would most likely involve state lawmakers.
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