New York governor threatens to terminate Seneca gaming deal
Thursday, October 7, 2010
New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is threatening to terminate the Class III gaming compact with the Seneca Nation.
Paterson claims the tribe violated the compact when it withheld revenue-sharing payments from the state. His administration wants to meet with tribal leaders within 14 days to discuss the dispute.
"Accordingly, in absence of a prompt resolution to this matter, the state is entitled to terminate the nation-state gaming compact," Paterson’s chief counsel Peter Kiernan told the tribe in a letter, The Niagara Gazette reported.
The compact requires the tribe to share 25 percent of slot revenues with the state. The tribe has withheld $214 million because it said the state has allowed the expansion of non-Indian gaming.
STORY TAKEN FROM www.indianz.com
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Is this what the Mohegans threatened the State of Connecticut? Could this happen here? What do you think?