New York: Senecas call for fair treatment of native nations in proposed igaming legislation

New York: Senecas call for fair treatment of native nations in proposed igaming legislation

Article brief provided by Olean Times Herald
  • Kellen M. Quigley, Olean Times Herald
March 17, 2023 3:39 PM
  • Kellen M. Quigley, Olean Times Herald

As a renewed effort is underway to expand interactive gaming in New York state, the Seneca Nation is demanding that native nations be given fair treatment and consideration in any discussions.

Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate and Assembly that would allow individuals physically located in New York to play video slot games and table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette using their mobile phones and other electronic devices.

“Any discussion of new mobile gaming has to take native nations into account,” said Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. “We can’t have a repeat of how the state ran roughshod over our compacts with previous expansions of state-licensed gaming. The state must keep its promises that our nations will have exclusive rights to pursue gaming within our regions of the state, and any effort to expand mobile gaming must respect that.”