The Seneca Nation recently unveiled a $1.3 billion proposal to build a casino
complex in the Catskills resort area, about a 90-minute drive from New York
City. Now, in an unusual move, the Seneca are taking their case directly to
Congress. They want Congress to place the tribe's proposed Catskills casino site
into "restricted fee status," which will automatically make it tribal territory.
"This is the first big step in our goal of bringing Class III gaming to the
Catskills," said Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder.
If successful, the Seneca hope to start construction later this year. The site
is 63 acres off I-86 near the Catskills town of Thompson. It will be a massive,
two million-square-foot casino resort built out over multiple stages, and will
include 6,000 slot machines, 120 table games, 30 poker tables and a race book
center. There will also be a 1,500-room hotel and spa, 12 restaurants, high-end
retail shops, a 5,000 square foot arena and 100,000 square feet of banquet
The Seneca have already signed an agreement with county officials pledging more
than $35m in payments over a six-year period.
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