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Governor and Cherokee tribal leaders reach deal to expand gaming

Gov. Bev Perdue and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have reached an agreement expanding the Cherokee’s gaming enterprises.

Perdue administration officials and Cherokee leaders reportedly spent months negotiating the 30-year compact that will allow the Cherokee to offer live table gaming, greatly expanding the video games currently available at Harrah’s Cherokee casino.

The state’s take of the revenue will be channeled directly to N.C. school districts under Monday’s arrangement.

According to a release from the Governor’s press office, here are the finer points of the deal:

…The state will grant the Cherokee exclusive live table gaming rights west of Interstate 26.  In exchange, the Cherokee will pay the state:

* 4 percent of gross receipts from live table gaming during the first five years;

* 5 percent the next five years;

* 6 percent the next five years;

* 7 percent the next five years; and

* 8 percent during the next ten years.

The President and CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce projects the agreement could generate 400 jobs for the Asheville area.

The compact must be okayed  by the N.C. General Assembly, and then sent to the U.S. Department of the Interior for final approval.

One Comment

  1. Barbara LaHaie

    November 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Again the Governor is bowing down to the Cherokee of North Carolina. The table games don’t really bother me. However, the Cherokee wanting to have control of what can and can not go on land that is not connected to their reservation troubles me deeply. This is nothing but strong arm tactics. They have their reservation and casino. By law they can not control anything outside the reservation.