N.Y. declares Seneca Nation in breach of terms of gaming compact
September 11, 2017 9:43 AM
by Robert Mann
The state of New York has now formally declared the Seneca Nation in breach of the terms of the casino gaming compact. The move activates a binding arbitration process stipulated in a 2002 agreement that granted the tribe exclusive rights to operate three casinos in Western New York.
The state notified Seneca Nation leaders in a letter on Friday.
New York officials are hoping arbitration will resolve the current conflict between the two parties. In dispute are slot machine revenue payments. The tribe believes it has fulfilled its obligation to transfer funds under the original deal. The state says the tribe is in error.
Both sides indicate that compact is enforceable, but the Seneca’s insist its payment obligations under it has already been met, while New York believes the original deal requires the nation to continue paying a portion of its slot revenues to the state.