Questions linger over Cayuga ruling
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There are still questions remaining over a decision by a federal judge to award the Cayuga Nation of New York $211 million for 64,000 acres of stolen land, including whether private landowners are affected.

The original lawsuit names the landowners and on appeal, the issue could be raised. U.S. District Judge Neal P. McCurn believes he might have to resolve a dispute between 7,000 landowners and the tribe.

McCurn awarded the tribe, and its removed Oklahoma cousins, the amount by adding interest to a $36.9 million damage judgement approved by a federal jury.

State and local officals say the amount is too high. The tribe sought a much larger, $1.7 billion figure.

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