The Seneca Nation owns and operates the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. Photo: Selbe Lynn

Seneca Nation plans meeting with state to discuss future of gaming compact

The Seneca Nation is still willing to sit down with the state of New York to discuss gaming issues but a meeting has proven elusive.

President Todd Gates was expecting to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Tuesday but the governor couldn't make it, according to news reports. It's unclear whether the parties will be able to get together.

"He's been saying he's going to come to the Seneca Nation," Gates told TWC News. "We're there. We're not going anywhere."

In March, Gates announced an end to revenue sharing payments. The decision came after more than $1.2 billion had been sent to the state over 14 years.

The state has accused the tribe of violating the Class III gaming compact but hasn't take any direct actions so far to address the issue. Gates told WBFO that he believes the tribe remains in compliance with the agreement, which took effect in 2002.

The tribe was sharing 20 percent of slot machine revenues with the state, The Olean Times Herald reported.

Read More on the Story:
Seneca president: Meeting with Cuomo proven difficult (TWC News August 8, 2017)
Still no sit-down between Governor and Senecas on casino payments (WBFO August 8, 2017)
Seneca president to meet with governor over casino revenue (The Olean Times Herald August 9, 2017)

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Indian Gaming (December 9, 2002)

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