Senecas push against New York in gaming dispute
Senecas still stand strong: 'Tell the governor the hell is gonna get worse'
April 13, 2022
The Seneca Nation has been engaged in a five-year long gaming dispute with New York state that got real ugly the last weekend of March.
On an especially cold and wintry late March Saturday, when a good number of Senecas were happily headed to KeyBank Center to celebrate Native American Heritage Day at a Buffalo Bandits lacrosse game, the Seneca Nation’s financial world came to an abrupt, head-spinning, heart-seizing, screeching halt.
New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul, a native Western New Yorker, put the screws to the Senecas by ordering the nation’s financial institution—KeyBank, namesake of the event center that ironically was hosting a major halftime event celebrating the local Native community —to freeze the nation’s accounts, dealing a crippling blow to the economy of the 8,500-member Seneca Nation.