For many years Barry E. Snyder Sr. has been the face of the Seneca Nations of Indians, as a hugely successful salesman of tax-free cigarettes and gasoline on the Seneca lands, president of the Nation itself and recently as head of the Seneca Gaming Corporation.
Although there have been recent problems for Seneca Gaming, including an ongoing court action to prevent construction of an Indian casino in Buffalo, it nevertheless came as a surprise Friday when Snyder's board of directors voted him out of office.
The board also sent a strong signal by installing Norman "Cochise" Redeye as the new chairman of the gambling operations. Redeye is a retired detective from the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
This could mean more changes are in store for the multimillion-dollar gambling operation.