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BIA asks Cayuga Nation factions for information about leadership





The Bureau of Indian Affairs is planning to make a decision on the leadership of the Cayuga Nation of New York.

Eastern Region Director Franklin Keel asked Clint Halftown, the tribe's current leader, and the Unity Council to submit information regarding their dispute. Responses are due June 15, according to a letter posted by The Auburn Citizen.

The BIA previously recognized the Unity Council as the legitimate tribal governing body. But the Interior Board of Indian Appeals said the agency overstepped its bounds so Keel is following up on that ruling by seeking more information.

Meanwhile, another state judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Halftown against the Unity Council. Acting State Supreme Court Justice for Cayuga County Thomas Leone said he lacked authority to determine who is in charge of the tribe.

Get the Story:
Cayuga County judge dismisses remaining lawsuit in Cayuga Nation dispute (The Auburn Citizen 5/21)
Feds, state court get in involved in Cayuga leadership fight (WRVO 5/21)
0 for 2: Halftown complaint dismissed in Cayuga County (The Finger Lake Times 5/21)

Interior Board of Indian Appeals Decision:
Cayuga Indian Nation of New York, Clint Halftown, Tim Twoguns, and Gary Wheeler v. Eastern Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs (January 16, 2014)

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