Court documents and oral arguments in the Catawba Indian Nations case against South Carolina regarding a casino at the tribes York County reservation can now be viewed online at the S.C. Supreme Courts website.
The case was selected as the January case of the month for the Supreme Courts educational program, which is designed to allow students to gain a first-hand working knowledge of South Carolinas highest court. Each month, video of a selected case argued before the Supreme Court and court documents are posted.
Attorneys for the tribe and the state argued before South Carolinas highest court whether the states Gambling Cruise Act, which allows video gambling cruises from the coast, applies to the Catawbas effort for a casino in York County.
William Wilkins, an attorney representing the Catawba Indian Nation, said the act and the states 1993 settlement with the tribe, when considered together, give the Catawbas the right to have gambling on their reservation.
Assistant Deputy Attorney General C. Havird Jones, representing the state, said the phrase to the same extent in a previous settlement agreement between the tribe and the state should be read as authorized by the state Legislature.