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Seneca Opponents Push for the Closure of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

On July 14th, 2008, the lawyers for the critics of the Seneca Tribe's Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino commented that they will file a motion before the federal court petition U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to enforce last week's decision that gaming on the casino site is illegal.

The co-counsel with Albany lawyer Cornelius D. Murray, Richard J. Lippes commented that they will petition Skretny to make a decision on the matter as soon as possible. The lawyers for the National Indian Gaming Commission and the U.S. Justice Department have declined to give a comment on the issue so far and could not be immediately reached for a view on the matter.

The Seneca Indian Tribe, which is not a respondent on the lawsuit, issued a statement praising the state of New York for still continuing to send the facility inspectors from the state Racing and Wagering Board. The Seneca president, Maurice A. John Sr. said that they are thankful to Governor David A. Patterson and the attorneys from the state wagering board for their support of their interpretation on the federal decision. He added that the court's decision does not include any order to immediately stop the casino operation so they are just following the order.

The state said that as long as there is some gaming activity in the casino, they will continue to provide state inspectors. Skretny's decision stated that the nine acre land in Michigan Avenue is a sovereign Indian land but did not meet the requirements needed for an exception for off-reservation casinos as required by the 1988 National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.


08/03/2008 04:33 PM


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