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New approach may allow Buffalo casino

24 July 2008

BUFFALO, New York -- As reported by the Buffalo News: "The federal government says it has come up with a new interpretation of Indian gaming laws that could allow the Seneca Indian Nation to continue operating its downtown casino.

"U.S. Justice Department lawyers Wednesday asked U. S. District Judge William M. Skretny to refer the casino dispute back to the National Indian Gaming Commission — an agency that already voiced its approval for the Buffalo casino.

"If Skretny goes along with the request, it could be a major victory for the Senecas and allow them to move forward with the development of a $333 million casino and hotel project in the city's Cobblestone District.

"The new interpretation of Indian gaming law was issued in May by the Interior Department but was apparently not known to Skretny when he issued a ruling July 8, stating that the Senecas could not operate a casino on their Buffalo land.

"...The dispute now revolves around Section 2719 of the U. S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which deals with questions about which lands owned by Indian nations can be used for gambling. According to government attorneys, the Interior Department changed its interpretation of Section 2719 in May, and the change will take effect Aug. 25..."

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