Counties to discuss Cayuga settlement with state

Officials from two New York counties will meet with the Indian affairs adviser to Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) to discuss the proposed Cayuga Nation land claim settlement.

Seneca and Cayuga counties have expressed opposition to the deal. It would allow the tribe to acquire up to 10,000 acres in trust in the two counties.

The Native American Affairs Committee in Seneca County has voted against the settlement. The Cayuga County Legislature is holding a meeting next Monday to discuss its position.

The meeting with adviser Richard Rifkin takes place on August 16. Rifkin will meet separately with the Cayuga Nation.

The Cayuga Nation and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma filed a claim to 64,000 acres in New York. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the case, saying the tribes waited too long to sue.

The proposed settlement locks the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe out of returning to New York.

Get the Story:
Spitzer's adviser, counties to talk casino (The Syracuse Post-Standard 7/31)

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

Relevant Links:
Indian Nation Fee-to-Trust Land Acquisition Applications in New York State -

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