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Cason: Cayuga Nation subject to Sherrill decision


A new letter from Jim Cason, the acting assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, says the Cayuga Nation is subject to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Sherrill v. Oneida Nation.

Cason wrote Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-New York) on September 22 and said the tribe must pay property taxes on newly acquired lands that are not held in trust. He said the tribe faces foreclosure if it doesn't pay its bills.

The letter follows a June 10 letter to the Oneida Nation in which Cason said the tribe's lands are subject to foreclosure under the court's decision.

Get the Story:
Federal official says Cayuga land could be subject to foreclosure (The Auburn Citizen 9/28)

Bureau of Indian Affairs Documents:
Jim Cason / Mike Olsen (June 10, 2005)

Cayuga Decision:
Cayuga Nation v. New York (June 28, 2005)

Sherrill v. Oneida Nation Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion [Ginsburg] | Concurrence [Souter] | Dissent [Stevens]

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