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Cayuga Nation not waiting for answer on trust lands


The Cayuga Nation of New York isn't going to wait for an answer from the Bureau of Indian Affairs about the status of its land-into-trust application, a lawyer said.

The tribe asked the BIA to take several properties in trust. Local and state officials just received their copies of the application, triggering a 30-day comment period.

A final decision could be years away but a lawyer said the tribe will reopen gaming halls it had previously closed. The lawyer acknowledged that the land-into-trust application didn't mention that the tribe will use the land for gaming purposes.

Get the Story:
Cayugas say they'll reopen gaming (The Syracuse Post-Standard 12/7)

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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