Cayuga Nation back in court to defend Class II gaming operation

The LakeSide Entertainment facility in Union Springs, New York. Photo from 500 Nations

The Cayuga Nation of New York was back in court on Wednesday to defend the legality of its Class II gaming operation.

The tribe sued the village of Union Springs in hopes of protecting the LakeSide Entertainment facility from local anti-gambling laws. The facility is located on land that is not yet in trust.

However, the tribe argues that the facility is indeed located on "Indian lands," as that term is defined by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. But the village is seeking to dismiss the case due to a dispute over the tribe's leadership.

The tribe's attorney argued that the leadership issue has nothing to do with the gaming issue, The Auburn Citizen reported. The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to determine which Cayuga leader to recognize by February 20, the paper said.

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