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Cayuga tribes to challenge land claim decision


The Cayuga Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma plan to challenge a decision that dismissed their 25-year-old land claim, lawyers for the tribes said.

The lawyers said they ask a full panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case. If that fails, they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review it.

In a 2-1 decision, a split panel of the 2nd Circuit dismissed the entire 64,000-acre claim on June 28. The judges said the tribes waited too long to file the lawsuit, citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Sherrill case.

Get the Story:
Land-claim decisions leave many questions (The Syracuse Post-Standard 7/4)

Cayuga Decision:
Cayuga Nation v. New York (June 28, 2005)

Sherrill v. Oneida Nation Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion [Ginsburg] | Concurrence [Souter] | Dissent [Stevens]

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