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Paul Lamont

Native Americans have served in our nation’s armed forces in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group. But over the 200 years since the founding of this country, while Native Americans fought for the United States, federal policies were also aimed at Indian removal. WBFO's Scott Sackett visited with distinguished Seneca artist and Vietnam veteran Carson Waterman, who calls his works “survival art,” a label with a profoundly personal meaning.


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Cattaraugus Creek flows through much of the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Territory, along the southern border of Erie County. It carries radiation from West Valley and the President of the Seneca Nation wants it removed.

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Preservation of the environment dominated Tuesday's celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day at the Buffalo History Museum. It was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Seneca Nation President Todd Gates almost met Tuesday to talk about casino revenues.

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Seneca Nation President Todd Gates and North Collins Town Supervisor John Tobia on Monday signed an agreement that will provide safe drinking water for the hamlet of Lawtons in North Collins. It is one of three areas in Western New York cited for having tap water that was a health threat in a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Niagara Falls officials are cutting back on spending, as the potential end to revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino looms. The first casualty is summer road paving.

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Seneca Gaming showed off its $40 million latest addition to the Buffalo Creek Casino, part of $200 million poured into the facility that was started when the neighborhood was bare, with more to come.

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Apparently the Seneca Nation has run out of development land on its Buffalo Creek Territory on the edge of downtown Buffalo and plans developments off-territory.

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The Seneca Nation's Tribal Council has recently banished 5 people from their sovereign territory for dealing illegal drugs.

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Health experts view it as history-in-the-making. A new partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Indian Health Service is expected to improve health outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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All eyes looked toward the sky Wednesday, as the last steel beam of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino $40 million expansion was set into place.

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During the American Revolution, the Seneca Nation’s lands covered practically the entire Niagara Frontier. But by 1819, their territory had dwindled to five tracts covering only about 130 square miles. All along, the Seneca clan chief Red Jacket opposed the sales, as well as what he saw as other encroachments on Indian self-determination.


It's something which might not have happened in the economically weak Buffalo of a few years ago. Two significant players on the local economic scene have collided over the same property.


Seneca Nation wins legal battle over Buffalo casino

Sep 15, 2015

A federal appeals court in New York City has upheld an earlier court decision that the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino fully complies with requirements under federal law.

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Buffalo’s Squaw Island on the city’s west side will soon be renamed with a more positive term.

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While some members of the Lancaster School community want to keep the name “Redskin” for district sports teams, the Seneca Nation is weighing in against it.

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Tribal unrest is preceding next month's elections for leadership of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

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The Seneca Nation may get its first woman president, as Senecas prepare for another of their fractious political campaigns for president and Tribal Council.

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The Seneca Gaming Corporation is making a significant financial commitment to help promote local tourism by providing $3 million in funding to Visit Buffalo Niagara.

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster says the city will be "making up for lost time" this construction season.

A new policy on Seneca Nation lands calls for the use  of plants and trees that are native to this region.

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The Seneca Nation of Indians has purchased 32 acres of land in Henrietta, NY for a possible casino in the Rochester area.

Restored gaming revenue boost Falls police

Oct 21, 2013

The Niagara Falls Police Department can now start shopping for patrol vehicles for the first time in five years now that casino gambling payments have been received from the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Seneca casino cities receive long-delayed payments

Jul 31, 2013
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is making stops today in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Salamanca Wednesday to deliver casino revenue payments to three cities where the Seneca Nation operates gaming facilities.

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The City of Niagara Falls is set to receive a lump sum of $89 million after the settlement of a long-standing dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation over gambling revenues.

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While the City of Niagara Falls received much of the attention when the casino revenue sharing deal was announced last week, the City of Buffalo will also benefit.

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Federal authorities say the final disputed elements of a law controlling cigarette distribution have been resolved in a lawsuit brought by Seneca Indian Nation businesses.

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A local member of the Native American community is warning of a possible demonstration against the governor's proposed casino in Western New York.


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After months of talking, Governor Cuomo has finally released his proposal for expanding casino gambling, with hundreds of pages of legal sections.

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With the Seneca Nation refusing to send checks for the state's share of casino cash to Albany, Niagara Falls continues to be squeezed fiscally because it's not getting its share.  The city is now squeezing every dollar to put off a crisis.

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