SALAMANCA, N.Y. (AP) - A Seneca Indian Nation business has been awarded an $18.5 million contract to design and build a U.S. Army Reserve Center in upstate New York.
The western New York tribe says Tuesday that the contract was awarded to SCMC LLC, which opened in 2008.
Seneca President Robert Odawi (oh-DAH'-wee) Porter says it's evidence of the Senecas' efforts to diversify the tribe's economy and its ability to compete for national contracts.
The new center will serve 12 Army Reserve units in the Albany area.
The Indian nation has been taking steps in recent years to broaden its economy beyond the discount cigarette shops and casinos for which it's best known as state and federal law changes have cut into the tobacco business.