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Cayuga Nation files response brief on land claim


The Cayuga Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma filed their response brief to the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month.

The tribes are asking the court to review their 64,000-acre land claim. They say the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals improperly dismissed the lawsuit by ruling the tribes waited too long to file.

The state of New York filed a brief in opposition on April 7. The National Congress of American Indians, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Onondaga Nation filed a brief in support of the tribes on April 7.

The Cayuga tribes filed the final response brief on April 17. The petition will be reviewed by the Supreme Court on May 11, and a decision on whether to take the case will be announced the following week.

Get the Story:
Cayugas respond to petition (The Finger Lake Times 4/19)

Supreme Court Briefs:
Cayuga Indian Nation of New York v. Pataki

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

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

Relevant Links:
NARF-NCAI Tribal Supreme Court Project - http://doc.narf.org/sc/index.html

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