Cayuga Nation proposes land claim, tax settlement
Tuesday, October 21, 2003

The Cayuga Nation of New York is proposing to settle its land claim with the state for a casino and tax compact.

The tribe said it would share casino revenues with the state. But for the first six years, the tribe would keep a portion so the state can pay off a $247.9 million land claim judgment that is being appealed.

The tribe said it would enter into an agreement to cover taxation of alcohol, cigarettes, gasoline and other retail products to non-Indians. The tribe currently operates two convenience stores and gas stations.

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma proposed the exact same deal a year ago, a spokesperson told The Syracuse Post-Standard. The tribe, based in Oklahoma, is a party to the land claim and is seeking to reassert its rights in New York.

Get the Story:
Cayugas propose new land deal to Pataki (The Syracuse Post-Standard 10/21)
Cayugas take proposal to settle land claim directly to Pataki (The Albany Times-Union 10/21)

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