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Feds may shut down temporary Buffalo casino within five days

4 September 2008

BUFFALO, New York -- As reported by The Buffalo News: "The federal government told the Seneca Nation on Wednesday that its temporary casino in downtown Buffalo is in violation of federal law and could be shut down in five days.

"Late Wednesday afternoon, the National Indian Gaming Commission issued a 'notice of violation' to the Senecas regarding the small casino, now operating in a blue metal building on a nine-acre site where the Senecas want to build a much larger $333 million casino and hotel complex.

"In July, U. S. District Judge William M. Skretny revoked the Senecas' authority for the temporary casino. Skretny called a federal agency's July 2007 decision to allow gambling on the site 'arbitrary, capricious and not in accordance with the law.'

"...The Senecas said Wednesday they have no intention of shutting down operations and will appeal the decision by the Gaming Commission to support Skretny's ruling..."

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