Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter released the following statement today about a letter received from opponents of the U.S. government’s approvals that paved the way for construction of the $130 million Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino:

“The Seneca Nation is operating its Buffalo Creek Casino in accordance with applicable federal and Nation laws and will continue to do so. As with our other casino properties, where some 3,700 people found good jobs, Buffalo Creek will help the city and provide 500 new jobs for the region’s people. 

“We remain confident that the U.S. Justice Department will prevail in this lawsuit and that our new, $130 million casino, with great input from the surrounding waterfront community, will open in 14 months, adding to the appeal of Buffalo’s burgeoning Canalside area.”

“In the meantime, we’d suggest that the plaintiffs shift their efforts away from attacking legitimate economic development in Buffalo and the Seneca Nation’s positive efforts to contribute to improving our home. They should stop trying to turn back the clock on progress and investment in Buffalo.”