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Buffalo Casino Faces Lawsuit

A group, which is strictly against the building and operation of casinos, has taken the first step in attempting to stop a proposed Buffalo casino. The Seneca Gaming Corp. is facing a lawsuit filed in U.S. Federal Court by this group of local individuals, civic and political leaders, as well as the Margaret Wendt Foundation. The lawsuit is representative of the opposition felt towards the Seneca casino plan.

The opposition group has voiced concerns about the steps taken by the Seneca Nation of Indians regarding the building of the aforementioned casino, as well as the environmental impact from the casino, as well as the historic status of the desired site. The building location is home to the long-vacant circa 1912 H&O Oats grain elevators. But the main issue the group has against the potential casino builders are the actions, or lack thereof, taken regarding several federal requirements and guidelines stated by the Seneca Nation Settlement Act, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and other federal provisions.

It is only natural that the law be brought into this dispute because of the concern over land, environmental issues, and state and federal rules. The 100,000-square-foot casino is planned for construction in Buffalo’s Cobblestone District. Many people, groups, and organizations will be against the building and operation of this casino. But all will be decided in a court of law, when the case is properly introduced to a judge and jury. As long as the dispute is on-going, the casino will remain only a desired plan from the Seneca Tribe.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.