Anti-Gaming Advocate Speaks Out Against Proposed Catawba Indian Casino
By Dave Blanton, Kings Mountain Herald, July 23, 2015

Residents Ramp Up Efforts To Fight Proposed Casino in Cleveland County

by Audrina Bigos, July 20, 2015, WCCB Charlotte

Casino opposition group takes petition to Washington, Kings Mountain Herald, December 17, 2014

Hawkins retracts casino support, Kings Mountain Herald, November 4, 2014

In a Surprise Move, Kings Mountain City Council Member Revokes His Support for Proposed Catawba Indian Casino

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 31, 2014

CasinoKINGS MOUNTAIN – An unexpected turn of events occurred at the Kings Mountain City Council meeting on Tuesday night. Council member Tommy Hawkins (70) announced he was changing his original position of support for a proposed Catawba Indian Casino to that of the opposition.

Hawkins read a letter to the Mayor and other city council members, with many anti-casino protesters present for the council meeting. The letter, which was addressed to Kevin K. Washburn, Secretary of Indian Affairs in Washington, said:

“After reevaluating the situation, I Councilman Tommy Hawkins realize that I should not have signed the letter of support for the Catawba Indians to acquire land in Cleveland County near Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

“I hereby retract any previous support of that letter.

“I am now stating my opposition to this issue. I do not want the land to enter Catawba trust status. This community does not welcome casinos.” Continue Reading

Local Leaders in King’s Mountain and Cleveland County Hear More Opposition to Proposed Catawba Casino

By M.H. Cavenaugh
Christian Action League
September 4, 2014

image002KINGS MOUNTAIN – The Kings Mountain Herald is reporting that before the Kings Mountain City Council started its regular business on Tuesday night, city councilmen heard from a number of citizens opposed to the proposed Catawba Indian Casino. Continue Reading

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Nation’s Foremost Authority on Gambling Coming to Cleveland County

Christian Action League, L.A. WilliamsCorrespondent
July 10, 2014

Scholarly Opposition to “Project Schoolhouse” Casino Proposal

May 2, 2014


In recent weeks, David Dear of the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership has stated repeatedly that concerns expressed by local citizens about the proposed Catawba gambling casino “have no basis in fact.” These comments display an utter lack of respect for the citizens of Kings Mountain and Cleveland County who have taken the time and initiative to thoroughly research this issue and form an objective opinion based on solid evidence.


Mr. Dear’s statements impugn the integrity of these citizens, including local pastors, as well as renowned professors and national experts from Northeastern University School of Law; Cornell University; Baylor University; New York University Stern School of Business; Rochester Institute of Technology; Dartmouth College Rockefeller Center for Public Policy; Boston College; University of California, Davis; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Southern Virginia University; University of Illinois College of Business; Manhattan Institute; and the National Association of Scholars, among others.


Representatives of these entities, and more, serve as members of the Institute for American Values’ Council on Casinos, “an independent, nonpartisan group of scholars and leaders” which, in September 2013, published one of the most comprehensive and objective reports on the impact of casino gambling on communities in the United States. The findings of this report serve as the basis for many of the concerns expressed by those whom Mr. Dear chooses to dismiss. In fact, the Institute’s “Why Casinos Matter” report details the extensive social and economic harms gambling casinos inevitably bring to local communities, citizens, families, and businesses.


In order to truly understand the full impact the so-called “Project Schoolhouse” casino proposal would have on Kings Mountain, Cleveland County and the surrounding area, Mr. Dear would do well to respect the well-founded concerns of local citizens and consider the findings and recommendations of these prominent scholars and policy leaders.


The “Why Casinos Matter” report can be found online at:




John L. Rustin, President

North Carolina Family Policy Council

Kings Mountain Casino: Worth the Gamble?

Opponents say 'casiNO' to Kings Mountain proposal

Local Officials Endorsed Catawba Casino without Considering Effects

King’s Mountain Awareness Group Seeks to Inform
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
April 4, 2014

CasinoIt was April Fool’s Day when Adam Forcade most recently addressed the Cleveland County Commissioners to tell them, once again, that they’re the ones being fooled if they pin their economic hopes on a planned Catawba Indian casino.

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S.C. Supreme Court Rejects Catawba Tribe's Video Poker Claim

By: John L. Rustin
April 2, 2014

In an opinion filed this morning, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the Catawba Indian Nation does not have the legal authority to operate video gambling in the Palmetto State. Not only does this ruling shut the door on the Tribe's efforts to conduct video poker in South Carolina, but it further curtails the Tribe's ability to establish a Las Vegas-style gambling casino in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

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Stop Catawba Casino Efforts Continue Growing

By: L.A. Williams, Correspondent, Christian Action League 

March 26, 2014

Christian Action League, NC Family Policy Council, Kings Mountain Awareness Group, Team-Up to Inform Community of Dangers of Proposed Catawba Casino

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
February 26, 2014

Anti-Gambling Coalition Forms to Address Catawba Casino Proposal

Anti-Gambling Coalition Forms to Address Catawba Casino Proposal

KINGS MOUNTAIN — “A giant vacuum cleaner designed to suck up every bit of disposable income from a 200-mile radius and transfer it into the bank accounts of out-of-state owners” — that’s how opposition organizer Adam Forcade described the casino that the Catawba Indians want to locate in Cleveland County.


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Local Opposition to Indian Casino Grows

By: John L. Rustin, February 25, 2014


An American Declaration on Government and Gambling

You can learn more about the declaration and sign here.





Increased Crime


False Hope of Economic Boom


Increased Gambling Addiction


Negative Social Impact


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