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County gets order to inspect tribe's gas station


A New York county says an order it obtained in county court allows inspection of a gas station owned by the Cayuga Nation.

Seneca County wants to inspect the pumps at the tribe's station. The county cites the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Oneida Nation case, which said tribes cannot "unilaterally" assert sovereignty over lands that fell out of their possession hundreds of years ago.

The Cayuga Nation agreed to let another county inspect a separate gas station without conceding the sovereignty issue, a lawyer for the tribe said.

Get the Story:
Seneca County can check pumps (The Syracuse Post-Standard 4/29)

Get the Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion [Ginsburg] | Concurrence [Souter] | Dissent [Stevens]

Decision in Oneida Indian Nation v. City of Sherrill:
Majority Opinion | Van Graafeiland Dissent

Decision in Cayuga Indian Nation v. Village of Union Springs:
Decision | Order (April 23, 2004)

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