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September 4, 2008

BUFFALO, NY - The National Indian Gaming Commission issued a "notice of violation" to the Seneca Nation and ordered the tribe to shut down their temporary casino in five days or be fined $25,000 dollars a day if it remains open.

The Seneca responded immediately with at statement they will not shut down and they will appeal the decision by the NIGC.

Seneca Nation President Maurice John said, "The Seneca Nation, as always, will comply with applicable rulings, but will also exercise the full scope of rights, administratively and judicially. We are confident that the nation's gaming rights will be recognized on our sovereign Buffalo Creek territory for the benefit of the Western New York economy."

The NIGC notice was issued to support the July ruling by U. S. District Judge William M. Skretny who revoked the Senecas' authority for the temporary casino by ruling the 2007 federal decision to allow gambling on the site was "arbitrary, capricious and not in accordance with the law."

The Seneca nation has been operating the Buffalo Creek Casino in a temporary, blue metal building while constructing a permanent $333 million casino and hotel complex. Construction on the project was suspended last week.

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