Vote for 4,000+ new jobs and the proposed resort in Cleveland County, NC
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North Carolina-10
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Rep. Robert Pittenger
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Rep. Mike McIntyre
North Carolina-06
Rep. Howard Coble
North Carolina-05
Rep. Virginia Foxx
North Carolina-04
Rep. David Price
North Carolina-03
Rep. Walter Jones

Vote for 4,000+ new jobs and the proposed resort in Cleveland County, NC

    1. Martin Mongiello
    2. Petition by

      Martin Mongiello

      Grover, United States

It is very important to voice support for the Catawba Nation and their proposed land being put into trust by the Department of the Interior.  They propose to expand on a museum about their people, resort, casino, restaurants and two hotels.  There have been letters sent by legislators stating they don’t want outsiders coming into North Carolina.  There have been many who accepted monies from other tribes and now are voicing opposition to this tribe.  There are still many who do not care about four to five thousand jobs being created from a new entity that is not asking for any tax benefits or tax breaks – at all.

The Catawba Nation should not be insulted in being named as outsiders.  It is important to remember the truth in realizing that the Catawba Nation is recognized in several counties of North Carolina – officially, by the Federal government.  That is the reason for their application here - due to originally living here their whole lives as Doctor Jeffrey Crow points out from the NC Department of Cultural Resources, Office of Archives and History in Raleigh.  With him on the issue of the Catawba Nation being recognized in our state as living and settling here are all Indians (actually Asians by DNA) who discovered North America starting in 50,000 BC (BCE) and the highly noted Theda Purdue, Christopher Arris Oakley, David L.S. Brook, Donna E. Kelly, and many members of the NC Historical Commission of Jerry C. Cashion, Millie M. Barbee, Mary L. Bryan, David C. Dennard, Paul D. Escott, Valerie A. Johnson, B. Perry Morrison, Jr., Freddie L. Parker, Barbara Blythe Snowden, Richard D. Starnes and Harry L. Watson.

Let those legislators opposed to the truth of American history present a valid argument to our American Revolutionary War Living History Center (ARWLHC) and our 6,000+ members - as well as the voting public.  How challenging it is to see the hurtful comments associated with typed letters coming out of Raleigh concerning “outsiders coming into North Carolina.”  These comments are unnecessary for people who have lived here for well over 6,000 years.  It is interesting to note that this is THE EXACT TRIBE who sided with the Patriots.  It is this tribe who supported the Patriots in a roll of the dice gamble to try and create a new nation that would change governance on earth away from Monarchies - over to elections.  All patriots were awarded with land grants ranging from 150 acres for a private up to 4,000 acres for higher ranks and more.  Here we have our local battles of Kings Mountain, Cowpens and Guilford Courthouse – all victories.  Who are the locals that revealed the secrets of the land as warriors and scouts in battle?  “The People of the River” by the noted Douglas Summers Brown and “The Indians’ New World” by James Merrell go into great detail about the Catawbas’ services in the Revolution, In Brown’s often cited book, he sums up the Catawbas’ contributions to the entire war effort  (page 264): “The Catawbas proved highly useful as scouts. But for their friendship, the course of war in South Carolina might have taken another direction. There might have been no victory at King’s Mountain...”  

In The Winning of the West, Theodore Roosevelt wrote of Kings Mountain, "This brilliant victory marked the turning point of the American Revolution." Thomas Jefferson called it, "The turn of the tide of success." Herbert Hoover's address at Kings Mountain said, "This is a place of inspiring memories. Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force entrenched in this strategic position. This small band of Patriots turned back a dangerous invasion well designed to separate and dismember the united Colonies. 

One can see why America exists in 2014.

As the Grover, NC Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Chairman, I can also relate to you that we did discuss the Catawba tribe and their desire to open up in our county during the August, 2013 TDA meeting - and members were elated and hopeful. I might also add that the American Revolutionary War Living History Center (ARWLHC) has been working since 2012 to depict, paint and add a Catawba warrior to the Revolutionary Hall of Heroes paintings. Many readers, colleagues and constituents have seen the detailed and extensive coverage of local heroes in battle through our first-ever paintings.  The ARWLHC will commission such new painting of Captain Patrick Redhead as was formally announced at the December 3, 2013 during the meeting of the Kings Mountain Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council. This will be the fifth painting in the series of local heroes that helped win the revolutionary war in the Carolina's.  Many have been shocked to find out that it was the Catawba's who helped the patriots win so many battles here.  

I am, on a more personal note, a 21-year retired US military warrior - very proud of the Catawba Nation and their accomplishments in forming America during our revolutionary war. I am not any part Indian per my full DNA analysis, yet being a white man does not mean I speak with the forked tongue.  Let the truth of America be told in war and death when it comes to rewarding those who stood by the patriots.  Thank you Catawba Nation.

It is no surprise that our Cleveland County Commissioners and Kings Mountain City Council are all for welcoming the Catawba Nation as well.

I hope that others supporting the 4,000+ new jobs in the two state region of NC and SC will also sign this petition.

Sincerely, Marti

Martin CJ Mongiello, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
The American Revolutionary War Living History Center (ARWLHC)
The Historic 1879 Home to the Presidential Culinary Museum and Presidential Service Center  ~ a US Military disabled veterans project

The Inn of the Patriots
301 Cleveland Avenue
Grover, NC 28073

1.704.937.2940 v
www.revwarexperience.com or www.arwlhc.com

To:
North Carolina Governor
President of the United States
North Carolina State House
North Carolina State Senate
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Richard Hudson, North Carolina-08
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, North Carolina-01
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Rep. Patrick McHenry, North Carolina-10
Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina
Gov. Patrick McCrory, North Carolina
Rep. Renee Ellmers, North Carolina-02
Rep. Robert Pittenger, North Carolina-09
Rep. Mike McIntyre, North Carolina-07
Rep. Howard Coble, North Carolina-06
Rep. Virginia Foxx, North Carolina-05
Rep. David Price, North Carolina-04
Rep. Walter Jones, North Carolina-03
Approve the 4,000+ new jobs for a Catawba Nation resort in Cleveland County, NC

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Debunking the lies told by those against the casino...

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer
      There's more to casino debate than meets the ear

      Gambling is good, says the Cherokee tribe, because it spins off money to build up the reservation. Gambling is bad, says the Cherokee tribe, if it is conducted by the rival Catawba Indian Nation, because it's just not fair that the Catawbas could cross the state line from South to North to build a casino.

    2. Chief Hicks testifies at Senate gaming hearing

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      http://theonefeather.com/2014/07/chief-hicks-testifies-at-senate-gaming-hearing/

      Chief Hicks summed up the positive effects of gaming on the Eastern Band by saying, “Tribal government gaming has been the primary driver for our ability to address the problems in our community, on our terms, and support the culture and traditions that never left. I can testify today that gaming has brought not only economic benefits to our reservation but also positive impacts on Cherokee life expectancy, poverty rates, educational attainment, and the physical and mental wellbeing of Cherokee children.”

      Chief Hicks testifies at Senate gaming hearing

      WASHINGTON, D.C. - Principal Chief Michell Hicks told a U.S. Senate committee in testimony on Wednesday, July 23 that gaming on the Cherokee reservation has had a "dramatic impact" on the lives of Cherokee families and especially children in ways "we never dreamed possible."

    3. When lies are exposed - you find out the real truth.

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      As it turns out, friends, fellow revolutionary war patriots of the Catawba Nation would not be the first Indian tribe to operate a casino in a state where it has no reservation if it is able to open an entertainment resort in Cleveland County.

      Opponents of the plan, including Gov. Pat McCrory, state Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, are skeptical that the tribe can go off reservation to operate a casino legally, let alone claim gambling rights in another state. Similar objections have been raised by Attorney General Roy Cooper and Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, both Democrats.

      But the tribe’s plan to build a $340 million, 220,000-square-foot gaming facility, two hotels, shopping, and entertainment venues, creating more than 4,000 permanent jobs in a high-unemployment area, has precedent.

      After a lengthy court battle, the federal government approved a casino project in Kansas City, Kans., for the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma because of the tribe’s historical link to the area. The Seneca Nation of New York opened an in-state but off-reservation casino in a litigation-heavy case that has some similar elements to the Catawba project.

      Former Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan vigorously supports the Catawbas’ bid, saying it would correct many “historical injustices” the tribe has suffered. Read more here:

      http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=10757&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cjexclusives+%28JLF+%3E+CJ+Exclusive%29

      Carolina Journal Online: Covering news, politics, and policy in North Carolina |

      Carolina Journal Online, the web partner of the John Locke Foundation's monthly newspaper Carolina Journal, offers daily coverage of North Carolina's government, politics, and elections.

    4. My visit to the new Catwaba Bingo Hall enjoyable!

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer
      Bingo a winning number for Catawba Indians

      ROCK HILL Five minutes before the first number was called, three Charlotte women - "old retired broads," they call themselves - sat ready, waiting. At their sides were bottles of lemon Lipton iced tea. In front of them were stacks of dollar bills. One of them had a $20.

    5. Those bent on smashing the Catawba resort

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer
      Opponents stepping up fight against proposed Catawba Indian casino in Kings Mountain

      KINGS MOUNTAIN --- Opponents of the Catawba Indian tribe's plan to build a casino near Kings Mountain are stepping up their fight against the controversial proposal. Since February, the grassroots Kings Mountain Awareness Group has warned about the negative impacts such as increased crime and gambling while challenging claims the casino would have a positive economic impact.

    6. Financial reports on jobs around Cherokee Casino

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      "The casino employs nearly 2,500, according to the tribe; $96 million in payroll expenses were contributed to the local economy in 2013. In addition, the median household income in Swain County has jumped from $15,765 in 1990 to $43,426 from 2008 to 2012."

      http://www.carolinapublicpress.org/19459/some-republicans-sit-out-others-test-their-luck-in-cherokee

      Some Republicans sit out, others test their luck in Cherokee

      CHEROKEE - Jacque Esslinger packed a jar of quarters for her three-day trip to the North Carolina Republican Convention at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. A GOP delegate from Vance County, the 66-year-old part-time retired accountant planned on sinking no more than $20 into the slot machines during the convention - the first to be held in the Western North Carolina town of Cherokee.

    7. Jobs, economy: How Cleveland County is shaping up in 2014

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer
      Jobs, economy: How Cleveland County is shaping up in 2014

      Just this week it was announced that the U.S. economy had regained all 8.7 million jobs lost during the recession. About 217,000 jobs were added in May and the national unemployment rate is at 6.3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

    8. "We are blessed." Kristin Fletcher

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.clevelandchamber.org/chamber/Project%20Brief%20_2_.pdf

      “For more than a decade, Cleveland County has faced high unemployment and economic challenges, given the loss of our manufacturing infrastructure,” states previous Chamber President Michael Chrisawn. While many North Carolinians are witnessing an economic recovery, our region of the state has witnessed what amounts to a prolonged economic depression.”

      Kristin Fletcher, Executive Vice President for Economic Development added, “One only has to look to our western skies to see the economic benefit such a partnership will bring our county and our state. Our state and our country are rich with the history of the Catawba Nation, and we are blessed to have Cleveland County included as part of their service area that was defined by the federal government.”

    9. Catawba and Lumbee Indians help one another

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer
      Bingo hall helps connect Catawba, Lumbee Indian nations

      When the Catawba Indians wanted to turn a former grocery store into a bingo hall, they did what any other business would do: They hired a contractor. The Catawbas, however, could have possibly signed a treaty. The work at a former Bi-Lo on Cherry Road is as much a nation-to-nation exchange - the Catawba Indian Nation and the Lumbee Indian Nation.

    10. The Economic Impact Of the Catawba Gaming Facility On Cleveland County

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      The Economic Impact Of the Catawba Gaming Facility On Cleveland County. Prepared for The Catawba Indian Nation by Miley & Associates, Inc. Columbia, SC

      http://www.clevelandchamber.org/chamber/Economic%20Impact%20Study_Catawba%202.pdf

    11. KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL study released by UNC on the positive effects

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      ASSESSING THE ECONOMIC AND NON-ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF
      HARRAH’S CHEROKEE CASINO, NORTH CAROLINA
      James H. Johnson Jr.
      John D. Kasarda
      Stephen J. Appold
      Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
      KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL
      THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

      http://www.clevelandchamber.org/chamber/UNC_KenanInstitute_Cherokee.pdf

    12. Catawba casino developer has long ties to video poker industry

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer
      Catawba casino developer has long ties to video poker industry

      A South Carolina businessman with long ties to the video poker industry is at the center of the Catawba tribe's effort to build a casino in North Carolina. The Catawba Indian Nation in September unveiled plans for a casino that could bring 4,000 jobs to a site off Interstate 85 near Kings Mountain, about 30 miles northwest of their reservation in Rock Hill.

    13. Catawba bingo could return to Rock Hill as soon as next month

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer
      Catawba bingo could return to Rock Hill as soon as next month

      The Catawba Indian Nation is looking to bring high-stakes bingo back to Rock Hill as soon as May. That was the word today from Catawba Chief Bill Harris, who spoke at an American Indian Chamber of Commerce business expo this morning.

    14. Attorney Tim Moore speaks

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      This was a terrific article showcasing the legal right of ONLY the Cherokee and Catawba Nations being legally allowed to operate casinos and resorts in North Carolina. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/12/28/congress-decree-only-two-north-carolina-tribes-can-have-gaming

    15. Economic Development mention in the news

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      Numerous positive news events have occurred including building and site rehabilitation with incubation of thousands of new jobs proposed. http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/old-buildings-new-jobs-1.245691

      Old buildings, new jobs

      Textiles were once a booming industry in Cleveland County. Mills employed thousands of residents and fed the local economy. Then companies started downsizing local operations and cutting workers. Many of the facilities that housed those industries went dark.

    16. Businesses united in support

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      Recently several businesses have expressed support of the new Catawba Nation resort with museum, hotel, gift shops, restaurants and casino.

      Mr. Laeeq Kahn is only one of many, many, many that have signed this petition and owns two businesses in Cleveland county. Part of his vision includes a proposed additional strip mall with additional dining options and expanded gas station and rest center. Other ideas include a water park with family slides, miniature golf course, go cart racing and fun center. He mentioned today that new jobs would be between 600 and 1000 in addition to the Catawba resorts 4000 jobs.

      Today I was interviewed by News 14 and you can see the update here http://charlotte.news14.com/content/news/all_nc_news/701650/proposed-cleveland-co--casino-still-being-considered

      The growth of the petition system has reached alrge proportion with signup sheets being manned in dozens of locations across the two states and thousands of NC and SC citizens now signing.

      Proposed Cleveland Co. casino still being considered

      By: David Kernodle Text size: + - News 14: Proposed Cleveland Co. casino still being considered Play now KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- The wait is wearing on. As weeks pass, the Catawba Indian Nation's proposed casino plans have paused.

    17. Almost 2,000 signatures now

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      I am happy to report that our third goal set has been achieved towards victory in surpassing 1,000 signatures.

      As many of you recall, I have promised no matter how many thousands and thousands of calls we receive or emails - we shall keep you informed and keep in touch. This is not a dead issue and the Catawba Nation will never end nor be denied it's rightful resort. Especially not when the United States courts and government have dictated that these are their original lands lived upon in South and North Carolina. They may allow the Cherokee brothers and sisters of ours to have several casinos whilst we continue our pow-wow. We move on friends, as colleagues intent on helping one another.

    18. Reached 1,000 signatures
    19. New article published in the Shelby Star

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      Our support is approaching 1,000.

      I support the Catawba Tribe who stood by the patriots and helped form America. They have been credited with helping our families to survive and win the war. The Cherokee Tribe killed our families in Cleveland County and sided with the British against us. These are well known facts and Cleveland County is part of the Federally recognized lands where the Catawba lived. I encourage rewarding them and thanking them at our petition.

      Today in the modern world we are friends with all tribes and like going to Cherokee. The Cherokee nation are an amazing people and now have opened another new casino in NC. Is it all fair??? Is this balanced? Are we rewarding the Indians equally? The Catawba Nation certainly deserves their reward. Please talk to friends, share on FB, TWEET it, encourage.

      A new article has come out at The Shelby Star http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/column-should-we-support-a-local-casino-resort-1.222758

      Sincerely, Marti

      Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior: Approve the 4,000+ new jobs for a Catawba Nation resort in Cleveland County, NC

      It is very important to voice support for the Catawba Nation and their proposed land being put into trust by the Department of the Interior. They...

    20. New article in the Shelby Star newspaper!

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends and supporters,
      Dear colleagues of the Catawba Nation,

      I was pleased to be photographed in a dark blue, respectful suit for the front page of the Shelby Star newspaper in support of the Catawba Nation. Since I last wrote to you we were together trying to reach 300 signatures.

      Today we have more than doubled that and are now well over 600 - almost six times the signatures sent from Raleigh. I think this says a lot and the thing to do now is to come into this petition site, click on INVITE FRIENDS, click on TWEET and click on EMAIL. Each of the three utilities will work hard to spread the word to others on Facebook, Twitter and via email.

      I have recently also had a high ranking Commissioner visit one of my companies, The Inn of the Patriots.

      Sincerely, Marti

      http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/petitioners-advocate-for-proposed-indian-resort-1.216563

      Petitioners advocate for proposed Indian resort

      Last month more than 100 state House members signed a petition advocating against an Indian resort and casino proposed for the Kings Mountain area. Now, more than 250 people have signed an online petition aimed at the Department of the Interior in support of the resort proposal.

    21. Reached 500 signatures
    22. Now closing towards 300 signatures

      Martin Mongiello
      Petition Organizer

      Dear colleagues and friends,

      A significant printed story is about to go front page on my comments herein and many of your feelings. When it does we have the opportunity to expand our petition to even more signatures towards 10,000+

      We are close to 300 already and just opened up this petition! Can you please mention it to friends at work, church and elsewhere?

      I think that Bill of Charlotte said it best, "Bill Millett CHARLOTTE, NC
      What the Catawba Nation is proposing will provide substantial economic benefits to the region and to a multi-state area. They deserve the chance to make this impact for all of us. And while I am not Catawba, I have seen first-hand the commitment that the Tribe's leadership has made to enhancing lives and building strength. Given the opportunity to do so here, I do not doubt their ability to make the most of it. And all of us will benefit."

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    • david ownbey KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      We need J O B S

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    • Chris Bullock KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      Jobs and Economic impact!!!

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    • Mr.Mrs. Russell Brown FRANKFORT, KY
      • about 1 month ago

      Im from nc and i agree with having new jobs in nc as well as in all 50 states

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    • Matthew Edwards CHARLOTTE NC, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      Our area needs the boost in new jobs and local economy. Its sad how the main opponent to this is the ECBI worried about their profits at harrahs.

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    • Joyce Ashdown SHELBY, NC
      • 3 months ago

      Improve the economy.

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