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2nd Circuit won't reinstate Onondaga Nation land claim lawsuit





Barely a week after hearing oral arguments, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to revive the Onondaga Nation land claim.

In 2005, the tribe sued over about 4,000 square miles, including the entire city of Syracuse. A federal judge dismissed the case in September 2010, citing decisions by the 2nd Circuit that killed other New York tribal land claims.

"The disruptive nature of [tribal land] claims is indisputable as a matter of law," the 2nd Circuit said in a summary order today.

Oral arguments took place last Friday.

2nd Circuit Decision:
Onondaga Nation v. New York (October 19, 2012)

District Court Decision:
Onondaga Nation v. New York (September 22, 2010)

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