Onondaga Nation names state, companies in land claim

The Onondaga Nation is filing a land claim against the state of New York and private companies.

The tribe is claiming about 4,000 square miles, including the entire city of Syracuse. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the land still belongs to the tribe.

Five Syracuse-area private companies are being sued because the tribe says they have polluted the land. The tribe says cleanup needs to be part of any settlement.

But gaming will not be an issue, say tribal leaders. The tribe has voted against casinos.

The Onondaga Nation is the last of the six tribes of the Haudenosaunee confederacy to file a land claim.

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