Tribe: Existing SC Law Allows Reservation Gambling

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MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's only federally recognized tribe says current state law allows them to have a reservation casino - even though video gambling is banned elsewhere in the state.
 
Attorneys for the Catawba Indian Nation told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday that a 2005 state law that allows gambling cruises to leave from the state's ports means South Carolina should allow the tribe to offer the same games at a new gambling hall on its York County reservation.
 
State prosecutors say that same law notes that gambling cannot begin until boats reach international waters and specifically prohibits any casino-like gambling in areas controlled by South Carolina.
 
The justices will issue their ruling later day.

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