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CATAWBA TWO KINGS CASINO RESORT

538 Kings Mountain Blvd.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

The Catawba Indian Nation is developing a new casino resort named "Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort" in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, a small suburban city near the stateline with South Carolina and 33 miles west of Charlotte. The location is near the Kings Mountain Boulevard interchange at I-85 Exit 5.

Construction Delay
A temporary casino opened July 1, 2021. Construction of the permanent Two Kings Casino was to follow but is delayed due to a federal investigation. See details.

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Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort will be a $273 million casino complex with 195,000 square feet. It will feature a casino, 1,500-room hotel, entertainment center, restaurants and stores. The casino will occupy 75,128-square-feet and include 1,796 slot machines and 54 table games.

Construction of Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort is planned in three phases. Phase 1 was construction of a temporary casino, which was completed and opened July 1, 2021. Phase 2 is construction of the permanent casino followed by the hotel in the final phase. The tribe has promised to announce the construction timelines and opening dates for the final two phases by the end of 2022.

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News Catawba Two Kings Casino opens 24-hour sportsbook September 9, 2022 - Catawba Two Kings Casino opened a sportsbook last Tuesday inside its temporary casino. The kickoff came just days before the 2022 NFL season. Sports fans can now ... Read more News Two Kings Casino is under federal investigation August 11, 2022 - Catawba Two Kings Casino is under federal investigation for a slot machine vendor allegedly giving company shares to family members of South Carolina politicians. A Wall Street Journal report ... Read more News Two Kings Casino construction is delayed by political scandal investigation August 3, 2022 - Construction of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort is on hold as the federal government investigates whether politician family members received ... Read more News Catawba Two Kings Casino Celebrates 1st Anniversary July 7, 2022 - Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort opened its temporary casino one year ago on July 1 and celebrated this past weekend with outdoor music, live DJs, free-play promotions and daily drawings for three ... Read more News Cherokee's legal challenge against Catawba casino is ended by Congress December 28, 2021 - The legal fight of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to stop the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina from building Two Kings Casino in North Carolina is over. ... Read more Headlines continued...

Two Kings Casino Status

Casino Application
The Catawba Indian Nation applied with the U.S. Department of Interior to build a casino in Kings Mountain, NC, under terms of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Federal Approval
The U.S. Department of Interior granted approval for the Kings Mountain casino project on March 12, 2020 by the . See details.

Gaming Compact
On Jan. 22, 2021 the Catawba Nation annouonced the signing of a gaming compact with the state governor that will allow Class III gaming at the casino. Class III are "house-banked" slot machines and table games. Without the compact the Two Kings Casino would be limited to Class II gaming, which is non-banked casino games played against other players. See details

Temporary Casino
A temporary casino with 500 slot machines opened July 1, 2021. It later expanded to 1,000 slot machines at the end of 2021. A 24-hours sportsbook was added in Sep. 2022. The facility will operate until construction is finished on the permanent Two Kings Casino Resort. See details

Construction Delayed
Construction of the permanent casino resort was scheduled to begin after the opening of the temporary casino. However, in July 2022 it was learned that a federal investigation has delayed the project and no start date has been announced. See details

Two Kings Temporary Casino

538 Kings Mountain Blvd.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

The Two Kings temporary casino opened on July 1, 2021 and will operate 24/7 during construction of the permanent Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort.

Two Kings Temporary Casino at Kings Mountain

A "Pre-launch Casino" is the opening stage in the development of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort. This temporary facility is located at 538 Kings Mountain Blvd in Kings Mountain, NC, and is fabricated with modular buildings joined together to make the casino.

TEMPORARY CASINO FEATURES
Opened July 1, 2021. Expanded Dec. 15, 2021.

Open 24 hours daily
30,000 square foot gaming floor
Non-smoking facility with designated smoking areas outside
Minimum age 21 to enter

1,000 slot machines

Electronic table games including blackjack, roulette and craps

Sportsbook - 24 hours daily

Food and beverages available from snack bar and food trucks. Alcohol license is pending.

1,000 parking spaces
Valet service

Two Kings Casino Resort

Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort will be built in phases. PHASE 1 was opening a temporary casino on July 1, 2021.

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Two Kings Project Summary

The initial plan to build a resort casino in Kings Mountain, North Carolina was announced by Chief Bill Harris at a tribal meeting on September 7, 2013.

Project: $273 million casino complex that will create 5,000 construction jobs and generate $300 million of annual economic activity.

Location: The casino site is 16 acres in the northwestern quadrant of the intersection of Kings Mountain Blvd. and I-85 (Exit 5) in Kings Mountain, NC.

Casino: 195,000-square-foot casino complex with a 75,128-square-foot gaming floor, 1,796 electronic gaming devices and 54 table games.

Hotel: 1,500 hotel rooms

Restaurants & Stores: Space with 940 seats

Entertainment Center: Full concert and event venue.

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Two Kings Casino Resort Features

Gaming

195,000-square-foot casino complex
75,128-square-foot gaming floor

1,796 slot machines

Sportsbook

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Restaurants

Restaurants with seating capacity for 940 total guests. The number of restaurants and their cuisines will be announced at a later date.

Entertainment

A full entertainment center will be built to host concerts and other special events.

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Hotel

1,500 guest rooms
There will be one and maybe two hotels on the property.

Retail Space

Details are to be announced at a later date.



Background History of Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort

Native American tribes require federal recognition and federal approval before building a casino under the Indian Gaming Regulation Act. The Catawba received federal recognition in 1993 and is the only federally recognized tribe in South Carolina.

In September 2013 the Catawba tribe took its first major step towards building a casino when it filed an application with the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs for a land trust and casino rights on 16 acres near Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The ancestral homeland of the Catawba stretched from South Carolina, through North Carolina and into southern Virginia.

Since the Catawba Indian Nation filed its application in 2013, there was five years of delays and no action by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). This prompted South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to introduce the bill in March 2019 to bypass the BIA and approve the application by an act of Congress. Read the news story "New Hope for Catawba Casino at Kings Mountain NC" (below).

The U.S. Department of Interior finally granted federal approval for the Catawba Two Kings Casino in March 2020.

The Catawba casino plan was initially estimated to cost $273 million for the casiino, hotel, entertainment center, restaurants and stores. A temporary slots casino opened July 1, 2021 to operated during the construction period of the permanent casino.

News Articles

Catawba Two Kings Casino opens 24-hour sportsbook

September 9, 2022

Catawba Two Kings Casino opened a sportsbook last Tuesday inside its temporary casino. The kickoff came just days before the 2022 NFL season. Sports fans can now place their bets at teller windows or any time using a 24-hour kiosk. There are 30 kiosks located throughout the casino.

Catawba Nation opens sports book inside new NC casino
Courtesy of Queen City News, Sep 7, 2022 . Available from YouTube

"We're very excited to bring a sportsbook and betting kiosks to the Catawba Two Kings Casino so our loyal patrons can enjoy sports wagering."

Trent Troxel, VP Catawba Gaming Authority

North Carolina sports betting licenses are limited to tribal casinos. Catawba Two Kings is the third casino in the state to launch a sportsbook.

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Two Kings Casino is under federal investigation

August 11, 2022

Catawba Two Kings Casino is under federal investigation for a slot machine vendor allegedly giving company shares to family members of South Carolina politicians. A Wall Street Journal report identifies the recipients as the brother of U.S. Rep. James Clyburn and the husband of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Catawba Two Kings Casino under investigation
Courtesy of WCNC, Aug 2, 2022. Available from YouTube

Neither James Clyburn or Nikki Haley appears to be involved at this time. WCNC Charlotte reached out to both for comments. There was no comment form Nikki Haley's office. Jim Clyburn's office released a statement reading: "Unfortunately, the Congressman is unavailable for comment, as he is out of the country on a CODEL this week." (CODEL is a congressional delegation on an official visit abroad.)

Two Kings Casino is a casino development project located in Kings Mountain, NC. A temporary casino has been operating 24/7 since July 1, 2021. Construction of the permanent Two Kings Casino has not started. The casino location is 30 miles south of Charlotte off Interstate 85.

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Two Kings Casino construction is delayed by political scandal investigation

August 3, 2022

Construction of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort in Kings Mountain, NC is on hold as the National Indian Gaming Commission investigates whether family members of politicians received financial rewards during approval of the casino, according to a report last Sunday in the Wall Street Journal.

Politicians relatives benefiting from Kings Mountain casino: report
Courtesy of Queen City News, Aug 1, 2022. Available from YouTube

The WSJ report states Kings Mountain Equipment Supply LLC, a slot machine vendor, allegedly gave company shares to family members of influential politicians during the unusual approval process, in which a South Carolina tribe sought a casino in North Carolina. The report further states that for every dollar played on a slot machine at Two Kings Casino, the company earns 20 cents.

The recipients of the company shares are said to include:

  • Brother of U.S. Rep. James Clyburn
  • Husband of Nikki Haley, former S.C. Gov.
  • Butch Bowers, Haley's attorney
  • Patti Solis Doyle, a Democratic political operative

The National Indian Gaming Commission has confirmed there is an ongoing investigation but will not discuss details.

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act requires tribes get the primary benefit from their gambling operations.

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Catawba Two Kings Casino Celebrates 1st Anniversary

July 7, 2022

Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort opened its temporary casino one year ago on July 1 and celebrated this past weekend with outdoor music, live DJs, free-play promotions and daily drawings for three new Jeeps.

A spokesman for the Catawba Nation Gaming Authority said:

"As we celebrate the first anniversary of the casino, we are grateful for the support we have received and proud of what we have been able to do for the Cleveland County and Kings Mountain community. The casino has provided jobs and is doing very well, and we are continuing to add amenities for our guests."

- Trent Troxel, Vice President

The Catawba Indian Nation opened the temporary casino last year to operate 24/7 during construction of the permanent Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort, which will completed sometime in 2023-2024. The opening date and timeline will be announced by the end of this year.

The temporary casino in Kings Mountain is 30,000 square feet with 1,000 slot machines, electronic table games including blackjack, roulette and craps, and a soon-to-be-announced sportsbook. Over 100,000 players have joined the casino's rewards program.

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Cherokee's legal challenge against Catawba casino is ended by Congress

December 28, 2021

The legal fight of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to stop the Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina from building the Catawba Two Kings Casino in North Carolina is officially over. The territorial dispute was settle by intervention from the U.S. Congress.

On Dec. 7 Congress passed the Catawba Nation Indian Nation Lands Act, which confirms the authority of the US Department of Interior to transfer Catawba-owned land in Kings Mountain, NC, into federal trust and authorizes construction of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort.

The Catawba Nation Indian Nation Lands Act was included in the National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Joe Biden on Dec. 27, 2021.

The Catawba tribe can now proceed with construction of its planned $275 million casino resort, which has beeb postponed since a groundbreaking ceremony July 22, 2020.

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Catawba Two Kings Casino doubles temporary casino today

December 15, 2021

The Catawba temporary casino in Kings Mountain doubled in size today. The floor size has double, the number of slot machines has increased from 500 to 1,000 and electronc table games have been added.

Two Kings casino expanding this week - Courtesy of WCNC, Dec 13, 2021. Available from YouTube

The temporary casino will operate 24/7 during the construction phase of the Catawba Two Kings Casino. It will operate until the grand opening of the Two Kings Casino in 2023.

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Catawba Two Kings Casino gets support from U.S. House Bill

November 9, 2021

On the first day of Native American Heritage Month the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1619 titled "Catawba Indian Nation Lands" with a 361-55 vote. The bill ratifies and confirms the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision last March to transfer 16.5 acres of North Carolina land into federal trust for the South Carolina Catawba Indian Nation.

The House bill must now go to the Senate where final passage would solidify the legal right of the Catawba Indians to build a casino in Kings Mountain, NC. The bill would effectively defeat a federal lawsuit filed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to stop construction of the Catawba Two Kings Casino.

Whip Clyburn Advocates For Bipartisan Bill To Benefit Catawba Indian Nation - Courtesy of Forbes Breaking News, Nov 1, 2021. Available from YouTube

House Bill 1619, the Catawba Indian Nations Act, was sponsored by South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn and supported by North Carolina representatives Alma Adams, David Price and George Butterfield.

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Update: Catawba Two Kings Casino expansion and construction timelines

October 13, 2021

Temporary Casino
Catawba Two Kings Casino is currently expanding its temporary slots casino to double in space and double in the number of slot machines. The casino is constructed from modular buildings and opened July 1st with 15,000 square feet and 500 slot mcahines. Twenty six more modular buildings will be added by December 15th to increase the space to 30,000 square feet and the total slot machines to 1,000. The temporary casino will continue to operate 24/7 until the permanent casino opens in 2023.

Master Plan Phase 1
The latest details of the Catawba Two Kings Casino project were revealed in a Cleveland County Board of Commissioners meeting last week. A presentation by Jason Falls, Cleveland County Business Development Director, disclosed the following information:

  • The permanent Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort will be built in three phases beginning with a groundbreaking for the casino on Jan. 4, 2022.

  • The main building size has been redesigned from its original 60,000 sq-ft to now 415,000 sq-ft.

  • The main floor will be 200,000 sq-ft with a lower floor of 60,000 sq ft.

  • There will be four restaurants with 33,000 sq-ft each.

  • The parking deck has been increased from 600 spaces to 2,600 spaces on 5 floors.

  • Landscaping includes an elevated man-made river with waterfalls.

Phases two and three will follow with a 29-floor hotel tower and an entertainment center.

Additional information is expected soon. More design changes could also be expected.

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Two Kings Casino will double its slots by late 2021

September 23, 2021

Construction is underway to expand the temporary Two Kings Casino which opened in July 2021. More gaming space will be added to the current 14,700-square-foot gaming floor to accommodate another 500 slots machines. When completed, the number of slot machines will total 1,000 units. Food and beverages will continue to be available from snack bars and food trucks.

The temporary slots casino is the initial phase of a $273 million casino and resort project. The final Two Kings Casino Resort is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in late 2022. The casino will feature a 75,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,800 electronic gaming devices and 54 table games. Two Kings Casino will also have a 1,500-room hotel and a entertainment center for live concerts and events.

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Video Tour: Catawba Two Kings temporary casino

August 16, 2021

Catawba Chief William "Bill" Harris leads a tour of the new Catawba Two Kings temporary casino in Kings Mountain NC. The new casino with 500 slot machines opened July 1 and will operate 24/7 during construction of the permanent Two Kings Casino Resort.

Live Tour : Catawba Chief William " Bill" Harris - Courtesy of CasinoUpdate, Aug 13, 2021. Available from YouTube

The Catawba Two Kings temporary casino is a 14,700-square-feet, non-smoking slots casino that is assembled from 23 modular buildings. The minimum age to enter is 21. The casino will operate 24/7 until it is replaced by a second temporary casino that will operate inside permanent onsite building. Details have not been announced.

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Catawba Two Kings Casino opening brings heavy traffic to Kings Mountain

July 11, 2021

Since opening a 500-slot temporary casino at Catawba Two Kings Casino, the crowds have been coming in high numbers everyday bringing heavy traffic in Kings Mountain, a small city near the stateline with South Carolina and 33 miles west of Charlotte.

Growing Pains: Catawba Two Kings Casino brings extra traffic to Kings Mountain - Courtesy of FOX 46 Charlotte, Jul 8, 2021. Available from YouTube

The Catawaba Two Kings slot casino has operated 24 hours a day since opening on July 1. A second-stage "temporary casino" will begin construction soon to provide a larger, permanent building with 1,360 additional slot machines. The final Catawba Two Kings Casino is expected to be completed by late 2022. The casino will be followed by construction of a hotel and entertainment center.

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Catawba Two Kings temporary casino is now open!

July 2, 2021

The Catawba Indian Nation opened its "temporary casino" at noon yesterday at the future home of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort. The location is 538 Kings Mountain Blvd. in Kings Mountain, NC near the interchange at I-85 Exit 5.

The 14,700 square foot casino is open 24 hours everyday and features 500 slot machines with food and beverage services.

Temporary Catawba Casino now open! - Courtesy of FOX 46 Charlotte, Jul 1, 2021. Available from YouTube

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Kings Mtn Casino Readies for July Opening | Photo Update

June 21, 2021

Catawba Two Kings Casino is preparing to open its temporary slots casino in July. This facility will operate 24 hours a day and feature 500 slot machines. The minimum age to enter is 21. Food and beverages will be available from a snack bar and food trucks.

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Catawba Two Kings Casino will open first 500 slots July 1, 2021

June 6, 2021

FOX 46 has confirmed the early opening of a 500 slot machine facility is scheduled to open July 1st. The facility will provide a temporary location to play slots while the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort is under construction. The completion of the final casino is expected in late 2022.

Catawba Tribal Chief gives Fox 46 update on where casino project stands - Courtesy of FOX 46 Charlotte, Jun 1, 2021. Available from YouTube

The early launch of a gaming facility will feature 500 slot machines with food and drink services inside modular trailers. The opening will precede the completion of the final casino, which will feature 1,800 slot machines, 54 table games, multiple restaurants, an event center and a 1,500-room hotel.

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Catawba Two Kings "Pre-launch" Casino hiring for July opening

May 25, 2021

Catawba Two Kings Casino completed a two-day job fair last week in preparation for the July 1st opening of its "pre-launch" casino. The temporary casino needs 200 new workers and supervisors in place and trained before opening day.

Kings Mountain Casino job fair draws hundreds looking for work - Courtesy of FOX 46 Charlotte, May 19, 2021. Available from YouTube

The Catawba Two Kings "Pre-launch" Casino will operate 500 slot machines with food and beverage services during the construction of the Catawba Two Kings Casino.

When finished, the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort will be a 195,000-square-foot gaming complex with a casino, hotel, restaurants and stores, and an entertainment center.

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Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort schedules job fair

May 13, 2021

The Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort plans a two-day job fair this month to hire 200 workers for a temporary gaming facility to open in July. The event will be held at Cleveland Community College on May 19-20, 2021.

May 19 from Noon - 4 PM
May 19 from 8 AM - 4 PM
Cleveland Community College Event Center
1800 E. Marion St., Shelby, NC

Jobs are available in guest services, maintenance, security, operations, housekeeping and food and beverage.

The temporary gaming facility is expected to open in July although no official date has been announced. The facility will operate 500 slot machines. When the permanent casino opens, the total employment is expect to reach 2,600 permanent jobs.

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Catawba Two Kings Casino wins legal challenge from Cherokee Indians

April 23, 2021

The North Carolina-based Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians sued the South Carolina-based Catawba Nation to stop construction of the Two Kings Casino at Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The Cherokee Indians claimed the casino was a "modern-day land grab" across state lines and challenged the legitimacy of its federal approval.

After hearing the case in the U.S. District Court in Washington DC, Judge James E. Boasberg issued a 55-page decision that rejected both arguments of the Cherokee Tribe.

After the decision, Catawba Indian Nation Chief Bill Harris released a statement:

"This decision reaffirms the clear historical record of the Catawba's ancestral lands and cultural ties in North Carolina and the rigorous process of review undertaken by the U.S. Department of the Interior in taking the land into trust."

Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, said the tribe was reviewing the ruling and "examining all options for next steps. It remains clear to us that the law was broken and we will not stop until justice is served in this case."

The Cherokee Tribe is currently the only casino operator in North Carolina. The tribe owns Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC, and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino in Murphy, NC.

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Catawba will open temporary casino July 1 during construction of Catawba Two Kings Casino

April 1, 2021

Catawba Nation will open a temporary casino during the construction of the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort. The smaller facility will open July 1 in modular buildings on the Two Kings casino site. The temporary casino will offer 500 slot machines and a limited food and drink service.

Catawba Casino moves up opening date amid delayed slot machine delivery, lawsuit - Courtesy of FOX 46 Charlotte, Mar 26, 2021. Available from YouTube

Catawba Chief Bill Harris said, "With the completion of our compact with the State of North Carolina, the Catawba Nation is eager to open the casino as quickly as possible to begin bringing economic benefits and jobs to the state and region."

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Feds give final sign-off on Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort

March 31, 2021

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the gaming compact between North Carolina and the Catawba Indian Nation last week, and will transfer the 16-acre casino site near Kings Mountain, NC into federal trust on behalf of the tribe. Taking the land into trust is the final requirement for the Catawba Nation to operate an Indian gaming casino on the site.

The Catawba Chief Bill Harris received formal notification from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in a letter dated March, 19, 2021. The letter approved the terms of the gaming agreement reached January 22 between Gov. Roy Cooper and the Catawba Nation.

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Catawba Indian Nation signs gaming compact with Gov. Cooper

January 27, 2021

The Catawba Two Kings Casino took a major step forward when the Catawba Indian Nation signed a gaming compact with Gov. Roy Cooper last Friday. The gaming agreement will allow Two Kings Casino to operate Class III casino games, which includes Vegas-style slot machines, blackjack, baccarat, craps, keno and roulette.

The agreement requires final approval by the U.S. Department of Interior, which will give a greenlight to start full production on the Two Kings Casino. A temporary casino is planned for this fall during construction of the main casino.

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Kings Mountain casino construction faces showdown in court

January 19, 2021

As the Catawba Indian Nation continues construction on its Two Kings Casino at Kings Mountain, NC, a showdown in federal court with the Eastern Band of Cherokees is coming within a few weeks.

Legal battles continue with Kings Mountain casino construction underway - Courtesy of FOX 46 Charlotte, Jan 18, 2021. Available from YouTube

Last month the Federal District Court in Washington DC expediated a case filed by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians against the Catawba Nation and the US Interior Department to stop construction of the Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain, NC.

The Cherokee Indians claim the approval by the Interior Department to build the casino was illegal and the efforts of the Catawba Nation, which is headquartered in South Carolina, is simply a "land grab".

The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians have been the only tribe with casinos in North Carolina. The tribe owns Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino, both located in Cherokee County, North Carolina.

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Kings Mountain Casino plans temporary opening this Fall

January 10, 2021

The Catawba Indian Nation plans to build a 60,000-square-foot initial casino that will open this fall. Tribal Administrator Elizabeth Harris said "After clearing is complete, we will begin building an introductory facility."

The temporary casino will feature 1,300 slot machines and a restaurant. its location will be off Dixon School Road near Interstate 85.

The Catawba Nation is currently seeking a gaming compact with Gov. Roy Cooper to allow Vegas-style slots and table games in exchange for tax payments on the gaming revenues. Construction may wait until an agreement is signed.

A lawsuit against the Catawba casino has been filed by the Eastern Band of the Cherokees, who claim the casino project is a "modern-day land grab". The court wants the final legal filings for this case by the end of this month.

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Federal Bill introduced to protect NC Land for Catawba Two Kings Casino

October 30, 2020

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last month to add Congressional support to the decision by the U.S. Interior Department to transfer North Carolina land owned by the Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina into federal trust for the purpose of building the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort in Kings Mountain, NC.

The intent of House Bill HR 8255 is to stop the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from preventing the construction of the Catawba casino. The bill reaffirms the Interior Department's decision to transfer 17 acres of land in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, into federal trust for the Catawba Tribe. The trust removes state jurisdiction over the casino land and places it under the authority of the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Bill HR 8255 titled the Catawba Indian Nation Lands Act was introduced by Rep. GK Butterfield (D-North Carolina) and co-sponsored by four Democrats and three Republicans

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New North Carolina casino is named 'Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort'

September 3, 2020

Catawba Two Kings Casino

Last Friday the Catawba Indian Nation announced the official name of the new casino under construction at Kings Mountain, NC. The casino name will be "Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort".

Catawba Chief Bill Harris told the press:

"Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort celebrates our rich history and hopeful future in our ancestral lands in North Carolina - where our people were established hundreds of years ago, as the names Catawba River, Catawba County and Catawba College suggest.

"The name pays tribute to the 18th century Catawba Chief King Hagler and to the City of Kings Mountain, which will be home to the new casino resort. It also symbolizes the unique relationship that the Catawba people have historically had - and will continue to strengthen going forward - with fellow residents of the region."

The logo for the new casino depicts the two kings: King Hagler and Kings Mountain.

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Catawba King Mountain Casino is opposed by Buncombe County

August 23, 2020

Buncombe County has joined the Eastern Band of Cherokee in opposition to the tribal casino under construction by the Catawba Indian Nation at Kings Mountain, NC. The Catawba Indians are headquartered in South Carolina with ancestral lands in North Carolina.

Last Tuesday the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 to pass a resolution denouncing the Catawba casino. The commissioners fear the new casino will harm the revenues and jobs provided by the two casinos of the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee, NC 28719

Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino
Murphy, NC 28906

The board's action will not delay construction of the Kings Mountain casino, but may influence the governor's decision regarding a gaming compact to allow Class III gaming at the casino. The Eastern Band of Cherokee has filed a second lawsuit to stop construction after an earlier suit failed in federal court.

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Catawba Indians start construction on $300M Kings Mountain casino

July 24, 2020

The Catawba Indians celebrated the groundbreaking for their $300M Kings Mountain casino resort on Wednesday morning, and construction began Thursday morning. The casino should be completed and opened by next spring. Construction will follow on the resort hotel with final completion within three years.

Catawba Groundbreaking July 22, 2020

Catawbas break ground on $300M Vegas-like casino in Kings Mountain
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The Catawba Indian Nation has started construction of their casino despite lawsuit to stop them filed by the Eastern Band of Cherokees.

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Kings Mountain Casino plan gets federal approval

March 19, 2020

Last week the U.S. Department of Interior approved the Catawba Nation's application to build a $273 million tribal casino and resort in Kings Mountain, NC.

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In a letter to the tribe from Tara Sweeney, assistant secretary of the Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs, the government will take 50 acres of Catawba-owned land into federal trust with 17 acres dedicated for the casino and 33 acres for related development.

The Eastern Band of the Cherokees, owners of Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, are upset and opposed to this decision. The federal letter addresses this issue in these statements:

The Catawba tribe has "both a tribal population and governmental presence in North Carolina where the site is located."

"Though the Site falls within an area where another tribe may assert aboriginal ties, that fact does not detract from the Nation's ties to the land."

Catawba Chief William Harris added in a press conference:

"[The tribe] is very thankful for the department's decision to take this land into trust, enabling us to achieve the promise of self-determination though economic development."

"It's a righting of a wrong. We have now regained what once belonged to us."

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Proposed Kings Mountain Casino gets environmental assessment

December 28, 2019

Proposed Kings Mountain Casino

The Catawba Indian Nation is nearing an important milestone in their quest to build an Indian gaming casino in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has finished its Environmental Assessment of the proposed casino site at Dixon School Road and I-85 Exit 5.

The study is a 674-page report published on Dec. 18. It covers the environmental impact of building a tribal casino and entertainment complex on the 16-acre site. Local residents now have 30 days to review and make comments on the report. The Bureau of Indian Affairs will then decide whether to move forward and transfer the land into trust of the Catawba Indian Nation.

This will be a major step forward for the tribe if the transfer is approved by the BIA. The timeframe to build and open the casino could then be two to three years.

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New Hope for Catawba Casino at Kings Mountain NC

March 16, 2019

After five years of no action by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the casino application submitted in 2013 by the Catawba Indian Nation, Sen. Linsay Graham (R-SC) has introduced a Senate bill to bypass the agency and approve placing the Catawba casino site into federal trust by an act of Congress.

The two North Carolina senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, both co-sponsor the bill.

"The Catawba Nation has been treated unfairly by the federal government, and our legislation rights that wrong," said Sen. Graham. "I hope this legislation will be quickly passed through the Congress and signed into law so we can once and for all bring resolution to this issue."

Within hours of the bill's introduction, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians issued a statement of opposition. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is the only federally-recognized tribe in North Caolina.

"The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians' (EBCI) centuries-long North Carolina tradition has created a lasting partnership with the state to provide a strong future for generations through health care, education and business. While the tribe respects and encourages progress for other Native American communities, including South Carolina's Catawba Indian Nation, the recent filing of a bill in the US Senate to give North Carolina land to the South Carolina tribe for an off-reservation casino is nothing more than a modern day land grab by the federal government of Cherokee aboriginal lands. This action circumvents the existing process for the Catawba Indian Nation to acquire lands in South Carolina, is unprecedented in US history, and a federal government bully tactic that should not be part of modern governing. We encourage the Catawba Indian Nation to go through the same process in their home state of South Carolina that the EBCI did in North Carolina to build their business - to develop their on-reservation economy as it should be - in their community. Doing it the right way will ensure they are able to take care of their members and support their local community as we've done for years in North Carolina."

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Kings Mountain Casino seeking Partnership

July 26, 2015

Development plans are moving forward for the new Kings Mountain casino. The Catawba Indian Nation are the owners of the casino. The tribe is looking for a nationally recognized casino brand company to partner with them.

A possible partnership could be with Hard Rock International. The Hard Rock brand is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. A partnership between the two could bring additional support from political leaders for the Kings Mountain casino.

If a partnership is able to be formed, the Catawba Indian Nation will be able to provide a proven and regulated structure to their project. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are the operators of the only other tribal casino in the state. They own the Harrah's Cherokee.

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Group Opposes Kings Mountain Casino

June 30, 2014

The Catawba Indian tribe has proposed a new casino near Kings Mountain. The proposal has caused a controversy.

The Kings Mountain Awareness Group has challenged the impact that the casino will have on the area.

Meetings have been organized by the group for both business owners and the community.

On July 17 another meeting will be held with a speaker from D.C. that will talk about the negative affects of small communities and casinos.

The group also plans to attend future Kings Mountain City Council meetings. As well as Cleveland County Board of Commissioners. The group intends to speak about their concerns of the Kings Mountain casino at the meetings. They are also hopeful to have local politicians change their support for the casino.

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Catawba Indian Nation Looks to Build New Casino in NC

September 09, 2013

The Catawba Indian Nation, located in South Carolina, is proposing a new casino to be built. However, the casino would be built just over the North Carolina border.

Previously the tribe has been trying to build a casino in South Carolina. The state has been opposed the project whenever submitted.

Lawmakers for North Carolina are also not in favor of the casino project. It is believed the Catawba Indian Nation project is approved, then other tribes from out of state will also try to build their casino there.

The tribe believes that the casino project will create many new jobs for the area. As well as earn the state and local economy millions in gaming revenues.

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2021

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2020

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2019

News Proposed Kings Mountain Casino gets environmental assessment December 28, 2019 - The Bureau of Indian Affairs published an Environment Assessment Report last week on the impact of building a casino and entertainment complex in Kings Mountain, NC. ... Read more News New Hope for Catawba Casino at Kings Mountain NC March 16, 2019 - Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a US Senate bill to bypass a 5-year delay by the US Interior Department and qualify the Catawba Indian Nation to build a casino at Kings Mountain, NC. ... Read more 07.26.2015 Catawba Kings Mountain Casino seeking Partnership 06.3.2014 Group Opposes Catawba Kings Mountain Casino

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