Monday, May 15, 2006

SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Indian Land Claim Case

From ABC News:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that two Indian tribes are not entitled to $248 million as compensation for New York state's unlawful acquisition of their land 200 years ago.

The justices refused to review a ruling by an appeals court that overturned the monetary damages awarded to the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma.
The refusal is based on a 2005 Supreme Court ruling against the Oneida Indian Nation that said that too much time had passed before the Indians filed suit.

This action brings sighs of relief to New York State homeowners (including yours truly) who have had titles to their property threatened by recent Indian land claims. While the Cayuga claim affected a relatively small area, the 2005 ruling should also apply to the massive Onondaga land claim (below, illustration from CNY ecoBlog), which includes the cities of Syracuse and Binghamton.