Seneca County Files Appeal in Tribe's Foreclosure Case

Seneca County has filed an appeal asking that it be allowed to foreclose on properties owned by the Cayuga Indian Nation where tax payment are three years in arrears.  

In 2010 the Seneca Falls based tribe went to court claiming it has immunity from foreclosure.  US Western New York Judge Charles Siragusa agreed with the tribe barring the county from taking title to the properties. 

On January 2nd the county's law firm, Harris Beach, filed an appeal in the case with the Second Circut Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The Cayuga's currently owe over $827,000 dollars in unpaid town, village, county and school taxes. 

The tribe has purchased over 11-hundred acres in Seneca County and has applied to put 15 acres in Seneca Falls into a federal trust.

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