Tribal Organization: Cayuga Nation of New York
271 Cayuga St
Union Springs, NY 13160
Lakeside Entertainment is is located on Route 90 in Union Springs. The building is a former NAPA Auto Parts store purchased by the Cayugas in 2003. The tribe used the building to open a bingo hall in 2004. The operation was suspended in October 2005 over a jurisdiction dispute with the local government. The bingo hall reopened in July 2013 but was shut down by a court order. The injunction was lifted a few months later, the bingo hall reopened again in Dec. 2013. On March 4, 2014 final settlement between the Oneida Indian Nation and New York state was announced that included a guarantee for the Cayuga Nation the right to build and operate a casino in Cayuga County.
In August 2020 the U.S. Department of Interior rejected an application from the Cayuga Nation to operate a Class III casino. Lakeside Entertainment is Class II.
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August 17, 2020
In a letter received last week from Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, the Cayuga Nation was informed of the decision by the U.S. Interior Department to deny the tribe's application for a Class III Indian gaming casino./p>
The letter cited the leadership dispute within the Cayuga Nation which turned into near violence and destruction of property last February. One faction bulldozed the daycare center, a schoolhouse, a store and other structures owned by the opposing faction.
Cayuga Nation, which owns Lakeside Entertainment in Union Springs, applied to the federal government 15 years ago to transfer 114 acres located in Cayuga County into federal trust. If approved, the land-to-trust would have created sovereign land as a casino site for full, Vegas-style gambling (Class III).
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