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New leader of Seneca Nation wants new Class III gaming deal

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The new leader of the Seneca Nation wants to negotiate a new Class III gaming compact with the state of New York.

The compact expires in 2016. But the tribe has already suspended revenue sharing because the state has allowed non-Indian gaming within its territory.

“I pledge to you that no casino revenues will be paid to New York State without the assurance that our exclusivity rights are honored,” newly inaugurated President Barry E. Snyder Sr. said yesterday, The Buffalo News reported.

The tribe has withheld $460 million so far. Snyder said the state can end the dispute by pulling electronic gaming machines at the non-Indian facilities.

"All the state’s got to do is remove the machines from the racinos, calculate all the money we’ve lost because of those machines, and pay us,” Snyder told the paper.

The dispute is currently before an arbitration panel, whose members were selected by the tribe and the state.

Get the Story:
Snyder begins fifth term as Seneca president, lashes out at state (The Buffalo News 11/14)
‘Failure Is Not An Option’ (The Jamestown Post-Journal 11/14)
SNI’s Barry Snyder sworn in (The Olean Times Herald 11/14)

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Column: New York breaks piggybank in Seneca gaming dispute (11/13)

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