Seneca Nation in early discussions for off-reservation casino plan

Leaders of the Seneca Nation and from Niagara Falls, New York, came together on August 28, 2015, for the tribe's announcement of a $40 million expansion of the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. Photo from Facebook

The Seneca Nation might be interested in an off-reservation casino in New York but details are scarce.

Developer Robert Morgan told The Rochester Democrat-Chronicle that the tribe wants to finance a casino and performing arts center in Rochester. The office of Mayor Lovely Warren also confirmed "very precursory discussion" on gaming in a statement to WHAM.

Beyond that, there's little information about the proposal, including whether it would be operated as an Indian gaming facility or a commercial one. The tribe has already reached its limit on three Class III gaming facilities so its compact with the state would presumably need to be amended. State law otherwise might allow video slot machines and gaming terminals, the Democrat-Chronicle reported.

Rochester has long been eyed for a casino, both by the Seneca Nation and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. The idea has been controversial.

The Seneca Nation operates one Class III facility on its reservation and two Class III facilities on properties that were acquired in fee status in connection with a land claim settlement.

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