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Seneca reaffirm pursuit of Catskills casino

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November 30, 2009

BUFFALO Seneca Nation's President Barry E. Snyder reaffirmed his tribe's intentions to build a casino and hotel in the Catskills. His announcement comes a few days after the St. Regis Mohawks voted to end their pursuit of a casino in the Catskills.

"The Seneca Nation is firmly committed to Sullivan County, the Town of Thompson, its officials and residents," said Snyder. "This project will bring economic growth opportunities to generate a rebirth of this region, put it back on solid financial footing to develop its tourism base and provide much needed job opportunities. We understand the hardships this area has faced because as an independent nation we are challenged every day to create economic sovereignty opportunities for our people."

The Seneca are working with Senator Charles Schumer, Bureau of Indian Affairs Head Larry Echohawk and Sullivan County representatives to lift the on-reservation policy that is blocking this project. The Bush administration established a new criteria that requires all new Indian casinos be within close driving distance from the reservation. The Seneca Nation is headquartered in Cattaraugus Territory near Buffalo. The Obama administration is reviewing the policy to decide whether or not to continue it.

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