Cayuga Nation evictions from Seneca Falls properties are on hold.
Clint Halftown and the new federally recognized Cayuga Nation Council will not be taking over properties in Seneca Falls, including a gas station and convenience store, at least not yet.
According to the Auburn Citizen, Attorney Joseph Heath, who represents a group of Cayuga chiefs and clan mothers in opposition of Halftown and his council, filed paperwork last week in federal court in Washington D.C. challenging the Bureau of Indian Affairs’s decision to recognize Halftown’s council as the new leaders.
While the federal court has not issued a stay of the BIA’s decision, Heath said he filed an order to show cause on Monday with the state Supreme Court in Seneca Falls. He hoped to delay state Supreme Court Justice Dennis F. Bender’s earlier decision requiring the Seneca Falls properties be vacated this week and turned over to Halftown. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17th.
For now the properties continue to be managed and occupied by the same Cayuga Nation members.