A casino is now likely to open in Kings Mountain, North Carolina after the federal government approved a revenue-sharing agreement between the Catawba Indian Nation and the state of North Carolina Thursday.
The state-of-the-art, Vegas-style resort is schedule to open on the state’s southern border about a year from now.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs signed off on the compact last week which was approved by North Carolina official. The tribe says the casino could provide upwards of 4,000 jobs to North Carolinians in the Charlotte region.
North Carolina currently has two casinos in the mountain town of Cherokee run by the Eastern Band of the Cherokees (EBCI), who sued the state and the Catawba tribe last year to try to stop the new casino. That suit is still pending in federal court.
In July 2020, leaders of the Catawba Nation tribe of South Carolina broke ground on land in Kings Mountain at Dixon School Road just off I-85 to build the new casino resort.
The new casino will cost nearly $300 million and is expected to house restaurants, table games and 1,300 slots.