- March 25, 2005
- All Issuing Offices in New York
- Onondaga Nation Land Claim
On March 11, 2005, the Onondaga Nation (hereinafter the “Nation”) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, seeking a declaratory judgment which could affect title to a significant portion of land in New York. While the exact boundaries of the area in question are not specifically set forth in the pleadings, the area affected includes all or portions of the following counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego , Tioga and Tompkins.
The declaratory judgment sought by the Nation would establish that certain conveyances of land in the affected area violated both state and federal law and, as a result, those conveyances were a nullity and the land therefore remains the property of the Nation. Based on newspaper accounts and interviews, it does not appear that the Nation will look to include individual property owners in this litigation, nor will they seek to evict, nor demand rent from, current owners if it should prevail in its efforts. In addition to naming the State of New York , various municipalities and Governor Pataki as defendants, also named are several corporate entities, in an apparent attempt to bring environmental issues to the forefront in this litigation.
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