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Seneca Nation of New York

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Cyrus Schindler, new president of the nation, says he's ready to sit down with Gov. George Pataki one-on-one to negotiate the issue of slot machines. The devices are illegal in New York state, but the Senecas say their casino - which would be located in western New York - needs slots to compete with Canadian casinos in Ontario. "We are willing to talk about some revenue sharing if there is a casino,'' said Schindler, who took office three months ago. "Right now, we are getting a hundred percent of zero.'' Schindler says a Pataki administration official told him the state is ready to talk to tribal leaders about a gambling compact. Meanwhile, the nation is going ahead with plans to expand their high-stakes bingo operations both on and off the reservations. "Niagara Falls and Buffalo have not been ruled out,'' Schindler said. "I have met with both mayors. But first our nation has to decide exactly what we want to do and where we want to do it.'' Casino negotiations with the state have been in limbo because of bitter infighting over control of the tribe's negotiating team.

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