"The litigation is not final. All district court decisions are subject to appeal," John said. "The Seneca Nation has faced many challenges to our progress in our 1,000-year struggle of survival. This is but another. I am confident that we will be successful in achieving the destiny of the Seneca people."
U.S. District Judge William Skretny acknowledged the 9-acre casino site qualifies as "Indian lands" under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, but since it was purchased by the tribe in 2005 and not a land claim, it does not qualify for gaming.
The Seneca have hired Laurence Tribe, a U.S. Supreme Court scholar, for
consultation and guidance as the tribe considers its legal recourses.
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