Buffalo Casino Site Opposed

The plan of the Seneca Indian Nation to build a casino in Buffalo is being opposed.

A coalition of religious and preservationist groups, lawmakers, businessmen, homeowners and key personalities opposed to the casino plans have filed a federal lawsuit this week.

Citizens Against Casino Gambling seeks to stop the construction of the one hundred twenty five million dollar casino. The group has filed a law case against Interior Secretary Gale Norton and other federal officials for evasion of laws that have been misapplied to the siting of Indian casinos.

Governor George Pataki and the Senecas were also charged because they approved the casino plans that will affect the environment and the historical preservation of the town.

U.S. District Judge William Skretny was asked by Norton and other defendants to dismiss the federal suit.

Norton and other defendants argue that the federal law safeguards the government from legal action that applies to Indian tribe lands.

Both sides are arguing about the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 which defines the meaning of Indian lands.

Oral arguments on the case are scheduled for October.

The Buffalo casino is the third and last casino that would be allowed in the compact of 2002 under Governor Pataki.

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