North Carolina rescued by the Cherokee Nation?

An opinion piece by a Tom Bennett at drives home an interesting and ironic point.

Go to the link for the entire article, but I will quote here the relevant point he makes.

"In 1837 the federal government began the forced expulsion of the Cherokee people from North Carolina. Now the counties in the western end of the state are hoping the tribe can save some counties that have faltering economies.

. . . . the state and the Cherokee Nation have signed a compact that many in Western North Carolina hope will be an economic savior. Surely the tables have turned.

. . . The hope here is that the Indians will ride to the rescue in these counties — that a people who were once deported from the region by the U.S. Army will now provide for its economic recovery.

It's rare in our community for any action to go unopposed, but plans to expand casino gambling (operated by the Cherokee) have proceeded without a whisper of dissent. Local officials and citizens alike hope the casinos will juice up the region's economy.

. . . The state would receive monthly payments starting at 4 percent of revenue; later in the life of the 30-year agreement, these payments would rise to 8 percent.  

The revenue is to be used “for educating children… but the parties recognize the General Assembly is not bound by the parties’ intended disposition of the funds.” (How I would have liked to have heard the negotiations between the two attorneys general – tribal and state of North Carolina – making that concession to the power of the legislature.)

In addition (and here is the possible economic rescue), the agreement provides that the Eastern Band could operate two more gaming facilities. These would be in five counties with tribal trust lands." 

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