The federal appeals court docket confirms Seneca Nation should pay on line casino income to New York State

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BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – New York State announced Monday that a federal appeals court has ruled that the Seneca Nation must pay the state casino revenue.

The ruling on this case dates back to 2019, when a U.S. District Court judge ordered the Seneca Nation to pay more than $ 255 million in casino revenue under its 2002 contract with the state.

In 2019, the district court ruled in favor of an arbitration tribunal that ruled in April 2019 that the Senecas had failed to perform their part of the revenue-sharing agreement.

On Monday, the federal appeals court upheld the district court's 2019 decision after the Seneca Nation appealed the decision.

"The Seneca Nation of Indians (the" Nation ") argues that the majority of the arbitration tribunal apparently disregarded India's Gambling Regulation Act and the District Court did
forgive. Alternatively, the nation argues that the district court wrongly refused to refer the issues raised to the Home Office in accordance with the doctrine of primary jurisdiction. We agree with the District Court that the dispute was a matter of contractual interpretation reserved for the arbitral tribunal and that a referral was not required. Therefore we REAFFIRM the judgment of the district court, "said the court records.

New York State budget director Robert Mujica said it was owed about $ 435 million.

7 Eyewitness News contacted the Seneca Nation for comment and received the following response:

"The Seneca Nation is currently reviewing today's decision and is currently discussing all of our options."