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.

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