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Oneida Nation files lawsuit to block license for commercial casino


Artist's rendering of the Lago Resort & Casino in New York. Photo from Facebook

The Oneida Nation sued the New York Gaming Commission on Tuesday in hopes of blocking a new commercial casino.

The commission awarded a license to the $425 million Lago Resort and Casino last month. The facility would be located on the edge of the tribe's exclusivity zone, an issue that is raised in the lawsuit.

"When the Oneida Indian Nation and a majority of New Yorkers supported the measure to expand gaming, we supported a very clear law -- one that mandated a review formula requiring new gaming facilities to prove they will create new jobs, rather than simply cannibalizing local economies," the tribe said in a statement. "That new law did not empower the Gaming Commission to create an arbitrary make-it-up-as-you go licensing process that allows commissioners to change their review criteria on a whim."

The Lago casino in Tyre is about 76 miles from the tribe's Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona and about 63 miles from the new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango.

Get the Story:
Oneida Indian Nation sues Gaming Commission over Lago Casino project (AP 1/19)
Oneidas sue again over approval of gaming license for Seneca County casino (The Syracuse Post-Standard 1/19)
Oneidas sue again over Lago casino (The Rochester Democrat & Gazette 1/19)
Oneida Nation Files Lawsuit Against Lago Casino Project (WXXI 1/19)
Oneidas file lawsuit against Seneca County casino project, NY Gaming Commission (The Auburn Citizen 1/20)

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