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Oneidas Sue NY Over Casino License For Upstate Rival Lago

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The Oneida Indians are asking a state court to throw out a license recently granted to a rival casino being built in upstate New York, claiming the selection process was riddled with legal errors.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday is the latest move by the Oneidas against the Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County, which is scheduled to open next year about 65 miles west of the tribe's Turning Stone casino.

The lawsuit filed in state court in Manhattan named state officials who selected Lago in December for one of three upstate casino licenses. It claims officials acted capriciously and failed to follow state statutes.

There was no immediate reaction.

Lago developers have said the selection process was valid and have accused the Oneidas of trying to maintain a regional monopoly.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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