BUFFALO, NY - Federal Judge William Skretny today reinforced his ruling of July
8th that gambling at the Buffalo Creek Casino is illegal and called for the
National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) to enforce the law and close the
casino. A remand motion by the federal government to transfer the case to the
NIGC was denied.
The judge did not say the temporary casino must close immediately, but did say
he would not take another look at the motions.
Seneca Nations officials expect the U.S. Justice Department to file an expedited
appeal. In a statement from Maurice John Sr., president of the Seneca Nation,
"This is a lengthy and involved process and we are a patient people who have
lived on our native land for hundreds of years.
We remain optimistic that we will prevail on appeal."
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