St. Regis Mohawk Tribe hails recommendation in land claim suit

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York hailed a federal magistrate's recommendation in a long-running land claim lawsuit.

The tribe claimed 12,000 acres was stolen by the state of New York. Magistrate Judge Dancks recommended proceeding with the 2,000-acre area known as the Hogansburg Triangle.

“We will pursue any and all alternatives to re-acquire our territory for our future generations,” Chief Ron LaFrance said in a press release.

The recommendation will now go before Judge Neal McCurn. He could adopt it, which could lead to a trial on the merits or an immediate appeal, the tribe said in the press release.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has previously dismissed a slew of land claims in New York, ruling that tribes waited too long to sue.

Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. New York.

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