Despite the Cayuga Indian Nation’s claim they have established a police department, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Tuesday saying no member of that department has any law enforcement authority in the county, or New York State.
Varick Supervisor Bob Hayssen, Chairman of the Board’s Indian Affairs Committee, says people should not stop for any vehicle marked Cayuga Indian Nation Police and call 9-1-1 if possible to ask for assistance from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department.
The Board Resolution points to the Supreme Court decision regarding Oneida Indian claims in the City of Sherrill, New York, establishing that the Cayuga tribe may not exercise the kind of sovereign authority in the former Indian Land Claim area that would be associated with police power.
Seneca County Attorney Frank Fisher noted “Unless and until the CIN is granted land to be taken into trust by the Department of the Interior on their behalf, they have no authority to exercise police power in New York State, either on or off properties they own or over New York State residents whether they are Indians or not.”
A copy of the resolution is below: