Feds Deny Cayuga Land-Into-Trust Bid After Violent Acts

Law360 (August 11, 2020, 7:32 PM EDT) -- The federal government has shot down the Cayuga Indian Nation's application to put 114 acres of land in upstate New York into trust for gambling, saying the decision stems from tribal members' destruction of buildings controlled by a rival faction and concerns over jurisdictional conflicts.

Tara Sweeney, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs, told Cayuga Nation leader Clint Halftown in a nine-page letter dated July 31 that the nation's demolition of property in February and subsequent violent acts led her to deny the application under Part 151 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which...

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