Anti-treaty group blasts Cayuga ruling
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The leader of an anti-treaty rights group says a federal judge's decision to award the Cayuga Nation of New York $211 million in interest to a land claim is "tragic comedy."

Scott Peterman, president of Upstate Citizens for Equality, says the ruling does not bode well for the state on the Oneida Nation claim. About 270,000 acres are affected by the Oneida claim whereas the Cayuga involves about 64,000 acres.

The state is being urged to settle the Cayuga claim while the landowners affected by it are asking the federal government for help. Although the tribe and the Department of Justice say their intent is not to oust private landowners, U.S. District Judge Neal P. McCurn says they might still be involved.

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UCE head rips ruling on land claim (The Syracuse Newspapers 10/9)
Settlement urged in Cayuga claim (The Syracuse Newspapers 10/7)
Landowners' lawyer asks feds to step in (The Syracuse Newspapers 10/6)

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