Catawba Nation in talks to bring Hard Rock into gaming plans

Artist's rendering of proposed Catawba Nation casino in North Carolina. Image from Catawba Nation Project Brief

The Catawba Nation of South Carolina could put the Hard Rock name on its proposed casino in North Carolina.

The tribe is in talks with the company, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Rock Hill Herald reported. Chief Bill Harris said the presence of Hard Rock could boost the $600 million project in Cleveland County.

The tribe submitted the land-into-trust application for the 16-acre site in September 2013. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to announce a decision.

The tribe is primarily based in South Carolina. But the Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina Land Claims Settlement Act defines a service area for the tribe in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The proposed gaming site falls within the service area in North Carolina. The law requires the BIA to place up to 3,600 acres in trust for the tribe's reservation.

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Catawba seeking national brand for N.C. casino project (The Rock Hill Herald 7/25)

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