COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest court says the state's only federally recognized tribe cannot have a casino on its reservation.
The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday a state law allowing gambling cruises to leave from South Carolina ports does not also mean the Catawba Indian Nation can offer the same games at a gambling hall on its York County reservation.
Video gambling is banned in South Carolina. A settlement agreement permitted the Catawbas to have gambling to the "same extent" as allowed under state law. The tribe argued that since gambling cruises are allowed, so should a reservation casino.
State prosecutors argued the law the tribe relies upon notes that gambling cannot begin until boats reach international waters and specifically prohibits any casino-like gambling in areas controlled by South Carolina.