On Tuesday, Barry Snyder was sworn into office as the new President of the Seneca Nation of Indians. As YNN's Mark Goshgarian tell us, Snyder outlined his agenda and his vision for the future.
IRVING, N.Y. — "To the best of my ability," said Barry Snyder, Seneca Nation President
Barry Snyder was sworn in Tuesday for a fifth term as the new President of the Seneca Nation of Indians.
Hundreds packed the Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Center in Irving for the inauguration, including former President Robert Odawi Porter.
"We will govern together, understanding that yes, many of us may not agree, we need to have debates that are thoughtful, respectful and we need to listen to others and act with courageous leadership," said Snyder.
Snyder takes office as the Nation remains at odds with the city of Niagara Falls over casino revenue. Snyder says he will likely meet with Mayor Paul Dyster to discuss the issue.
"The compact says we pay Albany, and Albany pays whoever, and maybe that's something we can talk about; the Senecas always seem to be getting the hit and its really not us, we're just abiding by the compact," said Snyder.
Snyder says he will also sit down with Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards about proposed plans for an outlet mall off the Thruway, which is not on the Nation's territory.
"I don't know where we're at, I need to take a look at it and need to educate myself on what, these things were discussed and how in-depth they were... but there's no tax advantages like you would have if it was native land." said Snyder.
"The road ahead will undoubtedly be difficult at times," said Rodney Pierce, Treasurer.
Rodney Pierce was also sworn in as Treasurer, and called for the Seneca Nation to put its differences aside and work together."
"But the collective strength of our people will help us overcome the challenges we will face as a Nation," said Pierce.
Several other newly elected Nation leaders were sworn in as well.