NEW YORK — An appeals court has upheld a lower-court’s rejection of a lawsuit challenging the Seneca Indian Nation’s right to operate a casino in Buffalo.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in Manhattan ruled Tuesday. It rejected decade-old claims brought by groups and individuals opposed to the operation of a casino in Buffalo. The casino was built on nine acres of land purchased by the Seneca Nation in 2005.
The $130 million Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino opened in 2013 with 800 slot machines, 18 table games and three restaurants.
The appeals court rejected arguments that the Buffalo land should not be eligible for gaming because it was newly acquired land. The court said the Supreme Court has urged that laws designed to benefit Indian tribes be viewed liberally.