Catawba Nation Press Release concerning Cleveland County

During a tribal meeting on Saturday, September 7, 2013, Chief Bill Harris announced that the Catawba Nation has filed the required application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for the securing of 16 acres of land in the Nation’s service area of Cleveland County, North Carolina.

If approved, the Catawba Nation will begin the development of an entertainment resort destination for the Carolinas that will include a casino, hotel, multiple restaurants and retail shopping venues.

“The Catawba Nation ancestral lands run throughout the Carolinas and well into Virginia, although the federal government now recognizes our service area as South Carolina and part of North Carolina,” stated Chief Bill Harris.  “We are hopeful that the BIA will move quickly to approve our application.”

The Catawba Nation has a deep and rich history in both North and South Carolina dating back well before the American Revolutionary War.  This history is reflected not only in numerous treaties and other legal documents, but is evident by the river, counties and schools that carry the Catawba name.  The Carolinas have always been part of Catawba territory, and in 1993 the United States Congress defined the modern day boundaries of the tribe.

“Our Nation and the people of the Carolinas are entering into a partnership to bring 4000 much needed new jobs and growth to a region hit hard by a tough economy,” added Chief Harris.  “The people of North Carolina have witnessed firsthand the benefits of a close working partnership with the proud people of the Cherokee Nation.  It is our goal to forge such a working relationship so all who choose will grow and prosper.”

For the past few months, representatives of the Catawba Nation have been working closely with local officials in Cleveland County to ensure a strong working partnership for the creation of this complex.  Already, a similar facility located within the state has proved to be a sustainable economic driver for the region and has helped strengthen the state’s travel and tourism industry.

For additional information, visit http://www.clevelandchamber.org/chamber/Cleveland%20County’s%20World%20Class%20Resort.htm  or contact Elizabeth Harris, 803-366-4794, ext 225.

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