From AP reports

Winners of a recent Seneca-Cayuga Tribe election have asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to certify the vote and end a dispute with a former chief who is seeking to retain power.

A letter to the federal agency claims former Chief Paul Spicer forced a depletion of funds to operate the Grand Lake Casino and tobacco company, jeopardized the tribe's operational funds and influenced three-dozen employees to walk away from their tribal jobs, the Miami News-Record reported.

Ray Rodgers, the tribe's new secretary/treasurer, said 75 percent of the cash on hand in the casino vault was depleted to a level of just more than $300,000 a dangerously low level.