The long simmering land trust issue involving the Cayuga Nation and Finger Lakes county governments is back on the front burner. Last month, the Bureau of Indian Affairs gave Cayuga County 30 days to craft a response to its review of the Nation’s 13-year old land trust application that had been previously dismissed.
County Administrator J. Justin Woods said on Monday’s FLMN the county has essentially been kept in the dark by the federal agency.
Last summer, the Department of the Interior upheld the BIA’s decision recognizing Clint Halftown and his Cayuga Nation Council as the Nation’s leaders. That decision is being challenged by other nation members, but the BIA is proceeding with its review of the proposal to turn property in Cayuga and Seneca counties over to the federal government.