The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) determines whether the Seneca Nation should pay $470 million to the state of New York.
NIGC became involved in the lengthy legal battle between New York and Seneca’s Nation regarding a Class III gaming compact signed in 2002.
Seneca and New York signed a compact with a 14-year base and a seven-year extension. Only the base agreement require Seneca to share revenue with the state. However, the tribal leader claims the extension did not cover any payments.
Seneca lost in arbitration in 2019. In June the same year, the tribe filed a lawsuit in US District Court in New York, arguing that the arbitration panel filed to adhere to Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) in delivering the ruling.
A federal court of appeal ruling in February maintained that the tribe should pay 25 percent of its revenue to the state.
However, the NIGC has expressed its concerns regarding the amount of money Seneca would be giving New York, especially when nothing is offered in return.
“If a state wants to receive a portion of a tribe’s gaming revenue, then it must offer the tribe something meaningful in exchange. A revenue share payment to a state that does not meet this standard is not consistent with IGRA.”
Seneca has requested the order to pay New York to be halted until NIGC makes its determination.