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Seneca Nation Starves Communities of Casino Cash, Teams Up with Buffalo Bills

Seneca Nation of Indians is among the tribal gaming leaders of New York State, which comes with the obligation of supporting casino host communities with gaming revenue allocations. Niagara Falls, Salamanca, and Buffalo are the locations supposed to benefit from casino operation but essentially struggling right now.

Salamanca is in need of US$15 million that could be later on invested in roadworks related to State roads 219 and 417. Gaming revenue generated by a casino venue is of great help for the local community, as it is able to cover various beautification works across the community and make it a more pleasant one to live in.

Local charity organizations are also able to profit from the gaming operation taking place, but casinos are also popular enough to fuel roadworks, as another benefit. Now that the Native American tribe refuses to pay allocations to New York State, host communities struggle to make ends meet.

Salamanca Needs US$15 Million

Salamanca Mayor Michael Smith recently highlighted the exact amount needed by the local community that is missing for the time being – US$15 million. As a result of this lack of funding, local roads are in need of fixing, but without the financial cushion to get it done.

Pavement issues make transportation tougher and highlight the things that need to be fixed once and for all. What should be pointed out is that roadworks on Route 2019 outside Salamanca are being handled by the New York State Department of Transportation, but nobody has done anything for the condition of roads within the town limits.

Mayor Smith stated that this is Governor Andrew Cuomo’s responsibility and he should take matters seriously before more accidents have occurred. Salamanca is part of the Seneca Nation of Indians’ territory and as it is known, only a quarter of all residents pay property taxes for their land.

In this sense, the gaming allocations have been beneficial for the community, before they ran dry. For the Mayor, this is a fair example of a political stunt that is aimed at Seneca Nation of Indians but directly affects host communities.

NFL Team Collaborates with Native American Tribe

As it is known, this spring saw an arbitration panel issue a statement that the Native American tribe has to pay US$255 million to the state, covering outstanding casino revenue allocations. They have been generated since the beginning of 2017. The tribe argued that there is no legal obligation to do so according to the compact for casino operation it inked in 2002.

In other news, NFL giants Buffalo Bills recently announced a partnership with the Seneca Nation as their official casino partner down the road. Pegula Sports and Entertainment proudly announced that the three casino resorts overseen by the Native American tribe are going to be promoting the team and the exciting Ultimate Billieve RV Giveaway.

Fans are now able to try their luck and possibly win great prizes. The big one is a 2019 Thor Motor Coach Four Winds 35v recreational vehicle, as well as two 2020 Buffalo Bills seasons tickets. Such a partnership paves the way for future sports wagering opportunities on site of the three casino resorts, which had been hinted at last month.