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Catawbas file application for NC casino project

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KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) - The Catawba Indian Nation is filing an application with federal officials to build a North Carolina gambling casino that the tribe says will create thousands of new jobs.

Catawba Chief Bill Harris says the South Carolina-based tribe hopes the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs will move swiftly to approve the application.

Harris says the casino and entertainment complex would be built on 16 acres along busy Interstate 85 just across the state line in North Carolina.

Officials in North Carolina's Cleveland County say they welcome the casino. The county is facing high unemployment.

But the project is facing stiff opposition from North Carolina lawmakers. They promise to fight it - even though the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians already operates a bustling casino in the western part of the state.

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