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A longtime Seneca Nation of Indians leader and businessman has died. Barry Snyder Sr. passed away Tuesday after a brief illness.

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The New York State Thruway Authority has made an overture toward the Seneca Nation in the continuing dispute over roadwork on a stretch of Thruway the runs through Seneca terrority.

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The decrepit five miles of the New York State Thruway through Seneca Nation land is turning into a political free-for-all, with no immediate prospects the road will be repaired. The road is so bad, the speed limit is down to 45 mph.

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul says motorists on the New York State Thruway "deserve better."

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For five miles across the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Territory, the New York State Thruway paving is so bad the Thruway Authority had put up "rough road" signs. Three politicians are charging Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being political in his dealings with the Seneca Nation, leaving the road in bad shape.

A Town of Brant woman has pleaded guilty to causing a crash that sent five people to the hospital last year.

It hasn’t been easy to get organic foods if you live in or around the Seneca Nation. A new market in Collins looks to solve that problem.

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There's rising local protest about what's going on in facilities used to house people detained for trying to enter the United States illegally. The latest took place at a meeting called by Justice for Migrant Families Western New York.


The woman behind the slots at Seneca Gaming

Jun 6, 2019
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Holly Gagnon is one of the few female CEOs in the gaming industry, but the third at Seneca Gaming Corporation. June marks her second anniversary leading four entertainment facilities in Western New York, which boast some 15 million guests per year served by more than 3,600 employees. June also is expected to reveal the completion of a $40 million renovation project that Gagnon said will "change the entire gateway" to Niagara Falls. WBFO's Marian Hetherly sat down with her to talk games of chance.

What are the odds of sports betting in NYS?

May 30, 2019
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It has been a year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports betting in most states. The PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) decision - as it is called - opened the door to a new multibillion-dollar revenue stream that states have been exploring aggressively since, but a number of legal questions kept it from New York's budget this year. Here is a look at where the issue stands.

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New York lawmakers are taking a closer look at authorizing sports betting on smart phones and whether it would require a change to the state Constitution.

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Casino revenue payments to localities remain on hold, as New York State and the Seneca Nation continue their dispute over the gaming compact that allowed Nation casinos to operate. The Seneca Nation is now calling on the U.S. Department of the Interior to review the compact, after a state panel ruled against them.

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An arbitration panel has ruled that the Seneca Nation must pay $266 million from their casinos to New York State as part of the long disputed Gaming Compact agreement.

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The Seneca Nation has welcomed back a piece of history for the first time in more than 150 years. A pipe tomahawk given to the legendary Seneca leader Cornplanter by George Washington in 1792 was unveiled at the Onohsagwe:de’ Cultural Center in Salamanca.

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New York State's long, contentious relationship with the Seneca Nation appears to have taken another negative turn. On Tuesday, an arbitration panel determined the Nation should resume making casino revenue-sharing payments to the state. "The Seneca people are angry. They can't believe these three judges came up with this decision," said John Kane, host of the radio show "Let's Talk Native."


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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said he is looking forward to an influx of some $30 million after a state arbitration panel decided casino revenue sharing should continue.

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Millions of dollars in past due casino revenue payments may be on the way to Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca after an arbitration panel ruled against the Seneca Nation of Indians' attempt to stop the payments.

Five people were hospitalized in an evening crash Monday on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

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Western New York Maritime Charter School wants to build a high school and gym complex on Buffum Street in South Buffalo, partially on what was once a Seneca Nation cemetery. Archeologists hired to investigate are close to finishing the first phase of their study.

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The Seneca Nation has a new president, but some of the same issues remain and a new one will lead to a protest rally Thursday in downtown Buffalo.

Rickey Armstrong Sr.

The Seneca Nation has a new leader. Elected President Tuesday night was Rickey Armstrong Sr., a member of the Nation Council since 2014 and former President from 2002-2004.

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The Seneca Nation is getting nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help provide safer housing on Seneca territory.

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A proposed major expansion of Western New York Maritime Charter School was rescinded by a Common Council committee on Tuesday. Wednesday morning, the entire project is due in court.

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Thursday's celebration of 11 years of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the Buffalo History Museum was more than a political statement. It was also a celebration of indigenous arts and crafts.

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Celebrations are set for Saturday’s grand opening of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum’s new cultural center in Salamanca. The $18 million facility will showcase rarely seen artifacts of Seneca history and the living traditions of the Seneca people Wednesday. It also opens the way to the repatriation of Iroquois or Haudenosaunee artifacts in collections around the world.


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Erie County Medical Center and the Seneca Diabetes Foundation are partnering to improve health both in the Seneca Nation and across Western New York.

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The State Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously ruled that New York can tax tobacco sales by Native American retailers to non-Indians.

Heritage Moments: The Kinzua Dam and the broken treaty with the Seneca Nation

May 21, 2018
Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, Salamanca

It was nothing less than the forced displacement of almost 700 people, and more than 50 years later the memory of it still haunts those families and their descendants.

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An annual ceremony was held Friday morning at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca to mark the 176th anniversary of the signing of the Buffalo Creek Treaty.


Budgeting practices from previous years have left Buffalo’s reserves running low. That’s one of the reasons Comptroller Mark Schroeder has issued a warning about the Mayor’s 2018-2019 recommended budget.

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