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Oneida Indian lawsuit against Finger Lakes casino dismissed

June 10, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legal challenge by the Oneida Indians to a casino under construction in the Finger Lakes that will compete with the tribe’s casino was dismissed on Friday.

The Oneida Indian Nation lacks standing to pursue its lawsuit seeking to nullify the license for the del Lago Resort & Casino, state Supreme Court Justice Vincent Reilly ruled. The tribe claims state regulators violated lawful procedures.

The ruling’s release came the day a state appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling against local del Lago opponents in a separate case.

Del Lago is scheduled to open next February in Tyre, 65 miles west of the tribe’s Turning Stone casino. The Oneidas claimed their financial injuries gave them standing, but the judge said speculative future losses don’t meet the legal burden.

The Oneidas said in a prepared statement that with the court decisions it is now up to the state Legislature to “minimize the harm” to central New York caused by the gambling regulators.

“All along, we simply asked that the will of voters be respected,” they said.

Spokesmen for the state Gaming Commission and del Lago said they were pleased with the decision.

“We said all along that del Lago followed the law and the rules, and the Town of Tyre followed the law and the rules,” del Lago spokesman Steven Greenberg said.

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