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Cayuga Nation pays property taxes in two counties


The Cayuga Nation paid back taxes owed to two counties in New York as part of its land-into-trust application.

The tribe paid $140,798.10 to Cayuga County and $14,219.85 to Seneca County, The Auburn Citzen reported. The money is owed because the tribe's properties are not held in trust.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has since said it will not take any land in trust for New York tribes unless all taxes are paid. "This is not a process that the Cayuga Nation nor any New York Indian tribe ever thought would be necessary," a tribal lawyer told the paper.

The tribe acquired properties within its ancestral reservation. But the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case involving the Oneida Nation, said the Oneida Nation has to go through the land-into-trust process before asserting sovereign rights on the land.

Get the Story:
Cayugas pay back taxes to counties (The Auburn Citizen 2/10)
Cayuga nation pays property tax bills (The Syracuse Post-Standard 2/10)
Cayugas pay taxes to clear path to getting land put in trust (The Finger Lake Times 2/10)
Cayugas pay back taxes - to become tax-free (AP 2/10)

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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