NC Court Backs Video Poker Ban Off Cherokee Land

North Carolina's appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that could have again allowed video poker machines to operate statewide.

The ruling Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals supports an agreement that gives the state's Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the sole right to operate gambling games on tribal land. The Cherokees operate a casino on their reservation that employs hundreds of people and provides each tribal member with thousands of dollars of income per year.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ruled in February that a video poker law approved by the General Assembly in 2006 violated federal law excluding the tribe's casino from a state ban.

The state law was passed in reaction to real and perceived corruption linked to video poker operators.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 22, 2009 at 09:08 PM
    It's sucking the life out of our traditional way of life, T. It is NOT a good replacement for anything that was taken away in the past. The people who are using that as a way to make a living need to man up, woman up, whatever it is and find an honorable path. If the things that happened in the past have damaged our connection to our heritage, then the solution is not going to come from something that creates more of the same. Don't let anyone fool you about this. Not everyone within the Native community supports the existense of casinos. They're an atrocity. I say if the state doesn't allow it, no one should have it.
  • by T Location: Gville on Dec 22, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    I think it's a good idea they said no. 1) there's enough problem with gambling that we don't need to add to it by putting so many gambling machines within a short drive makes it harder for people to get addicted. Also Shawn said to not let Indians do it because we all do not benefit but I believe that can't the Indians have 1 thing they can say they are the only ones that can do it. We've taken so much away from their ancestors and this is partially how some make their living. I say let them keep doing it. We have enough of other things to do.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 22, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    Im native so Im commenting. I've lived on the border of rez land & seen what big casinos do to a Nation, & I despise them. I'd like to see them all bulldozed to the ground. I used to go to the rez I refer to 20 yrs ago to dance at their Pow Wows, spend the whole weekend, pray, eat, shop... good times. Now, they got so much money they don't know what to do with it & they're NASTY people. Their young people hate because of skin color, and crack rude comments without even hiding it. Im mixed so Im lightskinned and they treat me like dirt now. They've become soulless & wasteful. They buy cars, run them till something breaks, abandon them, & buy another - not joking, I've seen it. I've always been for the no-tax on tobacco on a rez b/c it's sacred, and anyone could go there and buy it if they wanted anyway... but this.. gambling.. it needs to GO. It's an addiction-promoting environment, and has become the downfall of all the hard work to gain sovereignty for many people.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    Need to read the reasons for the casino's. They do benifit, and they are not good moral machines but the tribes do benifit, which if you look at it is a good thing. Deep history reasons for them, very interesting to read about.
  • by Shawn Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 22, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    It's funny how Indians in our state can operate casinos yet the rest of the state is not benefiting from it. Let the rest of the state operate licensed casinos so the state can benefit and that these corrupt back room casinos lose business.
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