Onondaga Nation asks 2nd Circuit to reinstate land claim

The Onondaga Nation is taking its land claim to the the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

Tribal officials acknowledge an appeal will probably not succeed. But they are hoping to raise awareness of the case and the promises that were made to the Onondaga Nation hundreds of years ago.

"We’re hopeful we can bring enough light to this situation to where the American public responds,” Oren Lyons, the Onondaga faith keeper, told The Syracuse Post-Standard. “It’s about equity. It’s about justice. It’s about fairness.”

Lyons and other tribal leaders came to Washington, D.C., today to discuss the case at the National Press Club.

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Onondaga Nation seeks public's support in land claim fight (The Syracuse Post-Standard 2/28)

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

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