For 150 years the Catawbas, originally one of the most powerful tribes in the Southeast, have been trying to get recompense from Federal and state governments.
We were ready to file suit against 63,000 defendants, trespassers on Catawba land," says attorney Jay Bender, who represents the Catawbas.
Not all the Catawbas, of course, live on the reservation, which stretches along the cliffs of the Catawba River in eastern-most York County and looks more like a series of hardscrabble farms than a community.
Merrell, The Indians' New World: Catawbas
and their neighbors from European Contract through the Era of Removal (Chapel Hill : University or North Carolina Press, 1989); Danie H.