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Schumer opposes Cayuga Nation land-into-trust


Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) is opposing the Cayuga Nation's land-into-trust request, saying tribes shouldn't be able to get land in urban areas.

"The whole idea of putting land into trust was not designed for densely populated areas," Schumer said in a press release, according to The Auburn Citizen.

The tribe started the land-into-trust process following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Sherrill v. Oneida Nation. In the case, the court said the Oneida Nation must go through the process before claiming tax exemption, immunity and other rights on its land.

Local officials and some members of Congress are fighting the requests by the Cayuga and Oneida tribes.

Get the Story:
Lawmakers seek delay in tribe's land in trust request (The Auburn Citizen 11/3)

Cayuga Land Claim 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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