Treaty cloth and $44 for Cayuga Nation land
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FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2003

Every year, members of the Cayuga Nation receive $44 and treaty cloth from the state of New York for a land sale.

The measly return may have prompted many to rethink their views on gambling, to which many have long been opposed. "We all have personal feelings about it," clan leader Tim Twoguns told The New York Times. "But as a people, we have to look at the future in the long run, or we may not exist anymore."

The tribe has signed a deal with a management company to open a $500 million casino in the Catskills. The off-reservation deal has to be approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The tribe and its Oklahoma-based cousins were awarded $247 million in a land claim suit. The judgment is on appeal by the state and the tribes.

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