Santee fishes for identitythrough bingo hall plan

Sep 9, 2003 4:19 AM

The prospect of a bingo hall has brought life and controversy to a sleepy South Carolina tourist town known for good fishing.

The Catawba Indian Nation has proposed building a high-stakes bingo hall in Santee, located off Interstate-95 in Orangeburg County where one in nine residents are unemployed.

Pending federal legislation would place the tribe under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, enabling the Catawbas to pursue Class II gaming and build a high-stakes bingo hall.

Gov. Mark Sanford fears a federally regulated bingo hall, which would be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, could lead to casino gambling.

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