Judge in N.Y. hears Seneca-Cayuga land dispute

A federal judge in New York heard oral arguments on Thursday in a dispute over the rights of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma.

The tribe is a party to a 250,000-acre land claim suit involving land in New York. A judge has ruled that the land was wrongly taken from the tribe and the Cayuga Nation, which is based in New York.

Citing a related case involving the Oneida Nation, the tribe purchased land in its ancestral territory. The tribe is planning to build a Class II bingo facility.

But local officials claim the tribe has no governmental rights in New York. The Cayuga Nation agrees with the local officials.

The facility is on hold pending court review.

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Hall Remains on Hold (The Syracuse Post-Standard 3/12)

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