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S.C. Supreme Court rules against video gambling
Friday, March 23, 2007 at 7:53:38 AM
The Catawba Indian Nation's push to offer electronic gambling took a hit Monday when the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled a state ban on video poker also applies to the tribe.
The Catawbas, South Carolina's only federally recognized tribe, argued their 1993 land deal with the state allowed them to put video poker machines on their reservation, despite a statewide ban in 2000.
The state contends the land deal means the tribe's reservation falls under state, not federal, gambling laws. State Attorney General Henry McMaster, who appealed a lower court's decision in favor of the tribe, said the higher court made "a sound decision."
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