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Letter: Senecas are good neighbors, so let’s resolve differences

Senecas are good neighbors, so let’s resolve differences

After observing the feud between New York State and the Seneca Nation for some time, it is clear to me that both parties should make a concerted effort to resolve their differences and seek the best path forward for Western New York.

The Seneca Nation has been a good neighbor to local communities. I have witnessed this firsthand in my role as the tournament director of 25 golf tournaments over the past 13 years for the Seneca Nation. Recently, I served as director for the Seneca Diabetes Foundation Golf Tournament. This annual event has contributed over $1 million to the foundation’s endowment at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and funded scholarships for students pursuing higher education in health care fields.

We all know of the Seneca Nation’s role in creating thousands of jobs through its resorts, casinos and other projects. However, in my years of collaborating with the foundation, I have found that the Senecas’ charitable efforts have truly stood out in helping to make a difference in individual’s lives.

The Seneca Nation has many great leaders. Hopefully, state and local leaders will work with them and take note of the Senecas’ place in Western New York as they seek a resolution to the current dispute.

John R. Rehak


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