Federal Court Decision Backs State Again in Senecas Casino Revenue Dispute | Local news

The pact, which runs until 2023, included an automatic renewal at the end of 2016 that went into effect for the remainder of the pact’s term when neither party objected.

When the Senecas stopped paying in 2017, they argued that the renewal of the original agreement did not specifically call for new payments to the state.

The dispute ended in an arbitration panel that ruled against the Seneca Nation in 2019. A federal court upheld the arbitration award – a decision that was later upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd circuit.

Payments since the start of the dispute amount to approximately $ 450 million, which is in an escrow account.

The Senecas again asked a federal court to intervene last April, while also asking for a review by the US Department of the Interior of the terms of the revenue sharing as set out in the 2002 pact.

Earlier this year, the Home Office questioned whether the revenue payments were in line with Indian federal gambling laws, and referred the matter to the National Indian Gaming Commission for “possible enforcement action.” according to court documents.

The Senecas said they were concerned the Gaming Commission would force them to shut down casinos for revenue sharing violations.

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