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Supreme Court asked to revive Cayuga land claim


The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to revive the 64,000-acre Cayuga land claim in New York.

The Cayuga Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma filed a petition to review a 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision that dismissed the claim. The court ruled 2-1 that the tribes waited too long to file the case and threw out a $247.9 million judgment.

The tribes are joined in the appeal by the Department of Justice, which filed a separate petition to review the case. A response from the New York defendants is due March 8 [Supreme Court Docket Sheet: No. 05-982].

Get the Story:
Tribes, Feds Appeal Dismissal (The Syracuse Post-Standard 2/8)

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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