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Annual Giving Tree

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Child & Family Services presents our annual Giving Tree. So every child can experience the magic of Christmas. Gifts must be dropped off to Child & Family Services by Dec. 11th. 

For more information: Beverly Snyder (Cattaraugus Territory) at 532-4035 ext. 8723 or Jo'Elle Cooper (Allegany Territory) at 945-5894 ext. 3522.


Olean Area Transit System is Adding an Additional Salamanca Run on a 3 Month Trial Basis

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Operation of Three Month Service Trial

Changes Monday through Friday and Saturday Service Schedule and Stops

Cuba- Olean-Salamanca-Seneca Allegany Bus Route

Olean Area Transit System (OATS)

Effective Date: November 20, 2017

On November 20th, the City of Olean will initiate a three month service trial of changes to the OATS (Olean Area Transit System) Cuba- Olean-Salamanca-Seneca Allegany (COOS) bus route.

A Public Notice has been issued by the City of Olean, whereby the City is seeking public comment on the operation of a three-month service trial to change the Monday through Friday service schedule and to establish a Saturday only service schedule on the Cuba- Olean-Salamanca-Seneca Allegany (COOS) bus route.

The addition of one round trip to the COOS service on Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays will occur during the service trial. Weekdays, the added round trip will begin in Cuba at 11:45 a.m., arrive at the Seneca Allegany Casino (SAC) at 1:49 p.m. depart from the SAC at 2:15 p.m. and arrive in Cuba at 4:32 p.m. On Saturdays, the added round trip will begin in Cuba at 1:45 p.m., arrive at the Seneca Allegany Casino (SAC) at 3:42 p.m., depart from the SAC at 3:43 p.m. and arrive in Cuba at 5:22 p.m.

Service to the Seneca One Stop on the Oil Spring Territory will be discontinued during the service trial.

The route modifications will include the addition and deletion of bus stops.  Additionally, the evening round trip from Cuba, NY, to the Seneca Allegany Casino will start in Cuba, NY at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Fridays and return to Cuba at 11:14 p.m. On Saturdays, the evening round trip will start from Cuba at 9:00 p.m. to the Seneca Allegany Casino, arriving at 10:47 p.m., and return to Cuba at 12:17 a.m.

The effective dates of the proposed service changes and operation of the three-month trial service period is from November 20, 2017 through February 17, 2018. The proposed services will operate Monday through Saturday during the trial service period.

Detailed information concerning the revisions to bus stops, scheduled bus stop times, and days of service are available on the City of Olean website at

Also, information concerning the proposed three-month service trial is available by contacting First Transit, Inc. the contract operator of OATS services, at 585-968-0834 or by contacting the City of Olean Department of Community Development at 716-376-5647.  Detailed information about the three month service trial is available at the City of Olean website at

Seneca Nation Selects Arbitration Panel Representative

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CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY, IRVING, N.Y. – The Seneca Nation has selected a respected Indian Law scholar and former federal official as its designated representative for arbitration proceedings regarding the Nation’s gaming Compact with New York State.

The Nation officially named Kevin Washburn as its designated representative on the three-person arbitration panel. Washburn currently serves as a professor of law at the University of New Mexico Law School, where he previously served as Dean from July 2009-October 2012. He left the University to serve as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the United States Department of Interior, a position he held through December 2015. Throughout his career, Washburn has also served as General Counsel to the National Indian Gaming Commission, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

“Mr. Washburn is a leading authority in the area of Indian Law and policy, and we are confident in his service as a member of the arbitration panel,” said Seneca Nation President Todd Gates. “He brings a deep understanding of the federal framework that governs all Native gaming compacts, compact obligations, and how state governments should interact with Native nations.”

Considered a preeminent scholar in federal Indian Law and Indian Gaming law, Washburn has provided testimony to numerous U.S. Senate and House committees on issues pertinent to Indian Country. In addition, he has taught at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Harvard Law School, and the University of Minnesota Law School, and has published numerous works related to Indian Law and Indian Gaming.

The Nation’s selection of Washburn follows the completion in March of the Nation’s 14-year revenue share obligation under its gaming Compact. After refusing to meet with President Gates for six months following the Nation’s final obligated payment, New York State instead filed an arbitration demand in September.

According to the language of the Compact, the Nation agreed to pay a percentage of the slot machine revenue generated at its three casinos for a period of 14 years. The payment schedule and payment percentages prescribed in the Compact reads:

Years 1-4
18%, with “Year 1” commencing on the date on which
the first Gaming Facility established pursuant to this
Compact begins operation, and with Payments during
this initial period . . . to be made on an annual basis.
Years 5-7
22%, with payments during this period to be made on a
semi-annual basis.
Years 8-14
25%, with payments during this period to be made on a
quarterly basis.”

In the 14 years since opening Seneca Niagara Casino in 2002, the Seneca Nation sent more than $1.4 billion in payments to Albany, culminating with a final payment of more than $30 million in March.

A three-member arbitration panel will now be empaneled to hear and decide the dispute. As the Nation’s designated arbitration panel member, Washburn will work with New York State’s selected representative to select a third, mutually-agreeable panel member. The panel will then set a schedule for proceedings.

“It’s now been seven months since we fulfilled our Compact payment obligation. Arbitration was the path Governor Cuomo chose over dialogue,” President Gates said. “We are taking the next step. I hope that the State will work to keep the arbitration process moving so that the facts and foundation of the Compact can be presented to the arbitration panel, rather than clouded by political threats, rhetoric, insults and even jokes in the press. Getting the panel members in place is a step toward resolution. The Seneca Nation is ready.”

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