Tribal affairs

UPDATED: Cayuga Nation reopens gaming facility in Union Springs, adds 80 electronic games

2013-12-20T06:05:00Z UPDATED: Cayuga Nation reopens gaming facility in Union Springs, adds 80 electronic gamesRobert Harding | robert.harding@lee.net Auburn Citizen
December 20, 2013 6:05 am  • 

For the second time in five months, the Cayuga Indian Nation has reopened the LakeSide Entertainment gaming facility in Union Springs.

The Cayugas said Thursday that LakeSide Entertainment now offers more than 80 electronic bingo games, including "Blazin' Streak" and "Zombie Outbreak." 

When the tribe reopened the facility in July after being shuttered for eight years, they said LakeSide Entertainment was offering bingo and pull-tabs. The announcement led to Union Springs officials calling on the Cayugas to obtain a gambling license to operate the bingo hall in the village

In the Cayugas' announcement Thursday, the tribe said LakeSide is a Class II gaming facility operating under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Class II gaming is limited to bingo, pull-tabs and some machine games. 

LakeSide Entertainment is located in the former NAPA Auto Parts store in Union Springs, which the Cayugas purchased in 2003. The Cayugas intended to use the building to open an electronic bingo hall, but the project met legal challenges and stop-work orders. 

The Cayugas finally opened the bingo hall in 2004, but it closed down in October 2005 after an injunction was lifted that allowed the bingo hall to open without local regulation. A judge lifted the injunction after a Supreme Court ruling saying tribes must apply through the U.S. Department of Interior to place land into trust instead of automatically claiming the property they own is sovereign land.

The reopening of the gaming center comes as the Cayugas await a decision on their motion to intervene in a case involving the Oneida Indian Nation. The facility is currently scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

The state, Madison and Oneida counties filed a lawsuit against the federal government opposing approval of the Oneidas' land-into-trust request. 

In May, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement with the Oneida Nation and as part of the deal, agreed to drop the lawsuit. The state also agreed to grant the Oneidas an exclusive gaming zone in 10 central New York counties, including Cayuga County. 

The Cayuga Nation said they oppose the Oneida Nation's deal with the state, mainly because it interferes with federal laws allowing the Cayugas to open a casino on its land in Cayuga County.

But the Oneida Nation submitted a letter to a federal judge last week saying the tribe would waive its exclusive gaming rights in Cayuga County — a move that would allow the Cayugas to build a casino — and asked the judge to dismiss the Cayugas' motion to intervene in the case.

In response, the Cayugas asked Judge Lawrence Kahn to delay ruling on the motion until after Dec. 20. That was pushed back to after Friday, Jan. 3 when the Stockbridge-Munsee Community filed its own motion to intervene in the case

Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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    mr13160 - December 17, 2014 8:58 pm
    There are many questions that need to be answered, and by no means do I assert I know the status of anything going on in regards to gaming. As a concerned citizen, I am worried about the implications of what I see as persistent and egregious disregard for any type of rules in place ever since they bought property in the village and the county. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered.
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