As expected, the Oneida Indian Nation on Tuesday announced it will take the state Gaming Commission to court over its decision to award a casino license to the Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes town of Tyre.

The Oneida Indian Nation over the last several months has argued the Lago project, which state regulators formally approved this month for a casino license along with two other developments, will “cannibalize” existing casino operations, including Turning Stone, which they operate.

“When the Oneida Indian Nation and a majority of New Yorkers supported the measure to expand gaming, we supported a very clear law — one that mandated a review formula requiring new gaming facilities to prove they will create new jobs, rather than simply cannibalizing local economies,” the Oneida Indian Nation said in a statement. “That new law did not empower the Gaming Commission to create an arbitrary make-it-up-as-you go licensing process that allows commissioners to change their review criteria on a whim. This lawsuit is simple: we are asking the court to force the gaming commission to enforce and respect the law that it is responsible for upholding.”

Lago spokesman Steve Greenberg dismissed the filing of the lawsuit as a non-event, given the Oneida Indians have been telegraphing plans to do so for months.

“Apparently, the Oneidas have decided they are not going to let the facts get in the way of another expensive and misguided lawsuit,” Greenberg said. “This is the seventh lawsuit brought against this project – most of which have been largely or completely funded by the Oneidas to preserve their monopoly and ignore New York’s commitment to expand economic opportunity in the Finger Lakes region. Like previous lawsuits, this one too will prove to be unsuccessful.”

In the suit, the Oneidas argue the selection process was “subjective” when it came to which licenses would be awarded. The suit claims the casino siting location board did not use an objective weighting analysis that was required under the state law allowing for commercial casino gaming.

At the same time, the Oneidas claim the location board on the one hand eliminated casino applicants that were based on factors “completely ignored” in the Lago project.

The push back to the Lago project began last year, but several months after the casino siting location board recommended the Lago project be approved. Gaming regulators approved the licenses in a formal adoption earlier this month.

The Oneida Indian Nation, along with the state’s Indian tribes that operate casinos, agreed to exclusivity and revenue sharing deals with the state. The Lago project is being built outside of the exclusivity zone set aside for the Oneidas.