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#1035646 --- 06/09/09 09:14 AM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: SilverFox]
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Originally Posted By: SilverFox
AG is the son of the former governor that allowed the illegal Turning Stone Casino to be opened. Seriously do you think he would really speak out or do anything about any of this?


Paterson and AG Cuomo need to be walked out of office.

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#1035666 --- 06/09/09 10:05 AM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: bluezone]
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For clarification. I am not accusing AG Cuomo but merely pointing out the connection. I believe because of that connection he would hesitate to be too involved in actions against Turning Stone, etc. I think he is in a difficult spot and trying to stay quiet and distance himself from all of this.
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#1035722 --- 06/09/09 02:31 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: SilverFox]
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Legal setback for Oneida Indian Nation Casino

y SIMON YIRKA-FOLSOM
Tue, Oct 11, 2005

Gazette staff writer

An appeal filed by the Oneida Indian Nation was rejected recently by the Appellate Division- Fourth Department of the State Supreme Court in Rochester, New York.

The appeal sought to overturn a trial court ruling which called into question the legality of the Oneida-operated Turning Stone Casino in Verona, Oneida County. The trial court ruled in favor of the Upstate Citizens for Equality, or UCE, an anti-gambling group based in Central New York. The ruling stated that the compact the Oneidas entered into in 1993 with former Gov. Mario Cuomo was illegal , because Cuomo did not have approval from the Legislature.

“Without a valid compact between New York and the Oneidas, the law says there can be no gambling, on or off reservation land,” said Cornelius D. Murray, the attorney representing UCE.

According to Murray, the Oneidas appealed the decision last year, arguing that they were not a party to the case, and therefore the trial court lacked jurisdiction, but the Appellate Division rejected the argument. Murray added that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation states that the land owned by the Oneidas is not actually “Indian land.” This means that the land is not exempt from federal and state law, which requires the tribe to pay taxes.

“If anybody tried to do what the Oneidas are doing, we’d get laughed into jail so fast it would make your head spin,” said Murray. “I don’t think anybody has the stomach to enforce the law.”
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#1035723 --- 06/09/09 02:33 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
...U.S. Supreme Court ruling in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation states that the land owned by the Oneidas is not actually “Indian land.” This means that the land is not exempt from federal and state law, which requires the tribe to pay taxes.



Same applies to the Cayugas. Pay your taxes or see JAIL TIME...........
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#1035731 --- 06/09/09 02:47 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: bluezone]
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They should be thankful they are going to an American jail and not a North Korean jail!
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#1036919 --- 06/12/09 07:29 AM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: kyle585]
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Cayuga Indian Nation land trust dispute
Updated: 06/12/2009 06:04 AM
By: Bill Carey

AUBURN, N.Y. -- The message from a host of Cayuga County officials was a simple one. If the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs agrees to allow the Cayuga Indians to place land into federal trust, tax losses for local schools and governments will be substantial and local businesses competing with Indian enterprises will be hurt.

“This is any business. Towing businesses. This is garages. Anything that can operate tax free on land in trust land can certainly affect the businesses here,” said Cayuga County legislator David Axton.

And the officials say they have numbers to back up their claims. Just last year, Cayuga and Seneca County authorities shut down cigarette sales by two service stations operated by the Cayuga Nation, claiming they were evading tax laws. The county has surveyed other convenience stores in the area and says most have seen increases in cigarette sales of 20 to 40 percent since that shutdown. They estimate they may have been losing millions in tax revenues prior to the action.

Cayuga and Seneca counties were the first to take action to disrupt cigarette sales by an Indian nation. They were hoping the message would be clear in Albany.

Governor Paterson has already signed legislation calling for collection of taxes on Indian cigarette sales and, in Cayuga County, they say a state facing billions in red ink should look at the potential windfall.

Cayuga Indian Nation land trust dispute
The long running dispute over land claims by the Cayuga Indians and the insistence of Cayuga and Seneca counties on their rights to tax revenues is about to heat up again. At issue, the Cayugas move to have the federal government allow 130 acres of land to be put into federal trust, exempting it from local taxes. Our Bill Carey says the campaign to block the move is underway.

“You're talking $30 million from two little convenience stores . You multiply that, times the Smoking Joes, 110 of those, the Sav-Ons in Oneida, the Long Island, all the millions of cigarettes they're selling down there, it's about a billion dollars in taxes a year that the state's missing out on ,” said Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann.

Some counties have opened negotiations with various Indian groups hoping to settle land claims and tax issues. Cayuga County hasn't taken that route.

“We have no discussions going on in the legislature about any kind of settlement,” said Cayuga County Legislature Chairman Peter Tortorici.

The case against sovereignty and against placement of land into trust, they say, is clear.

The hearing by the Bureau of Indian Affairs is due on June 17th in Seneca Falls.
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#1037122 --- 06/12/09 04:29 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: bluezone]
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I am posting a template of a letter prepared by the attorneys representing Seneca and Cayuga Co's which can be found on their web site. It seems to cover most all objections to the BIA granting trust status to lands owned by the Cayuga. You can edit it and add any other objection you might have as well when it it is in your word processor.

Some of us may not be able to extract this letter from that web site or to print it, if you have a problem, highlight this version starting with Mr Keel's name ending where you see Sincerely at the bottom, right click, then click save, go to your word processor and click paste. You can then add your name, address and date submitted at the top, edit however you like, then print it. Sign it at the bottom after it is printed.

Everyone should get involved and submit remarks either in your own words or copy this letter and mail to Mr Keel, fax it (see instructions on the legal web site), or hand carry it to the NYS Ch College Wed June 17th and submit for inclusion in the record.




Mr. Franklin Keel, Regional Director
Eastern Regional Office
Bureau of Indian Affairs
545 Marriott Drive
Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37214

RE: DEIS Comments, Cayuga Indian Nation of New York Trust Acquisition Project

Dear Mr. Keel:

This letter contains our comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement with respect to the Cayuga Indian Nation's Land into Trust Application. We oppose the land-into-trust application and urge the Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny the application in all respects, including for the reasons set forth in this letter.


Taxes:
Once land is placed into trust, it becomes exempt from local property taxes, special district charges and other fees shared by users of the community infrastructure such as roads, sewers and more.
Under any analysis, the removal of the subject lands from tax rolls will have a significant adverse impact on the communities in Seneca county and Cayuga county.
Governmental entities that derive revenue from property to maintain infrastructure and community services include the relevant counties, towns and villages and local school, fire, sewer and water districts.
New York derives substantial revenues from sales taxes and excise taxes due on sales of taxable goods, including gasoline and tobacco products. The Cayuga Indian Nation is not collecting New York sales and excise taxes (and therefore not remitting taxes to the state) normally due on the sale of taxable goods to non-tribal members. Non-collection of these taxes has and will continue to create ongoing reductions in such tax collections and reduction in local share of those taxes paid to our communities.
An approved trust application (and any future applications that may be granted) will result in a tax shifting that will place greater and greater tax burden on fewer property owners, particularly as properties taken into trust are inevitably developed or are continued to be developed. This unfair tax burden will inhibit private sector investment and job growth in the region and burden current non-Cayuga Indian Nation businesses and residents remitting such taxes.
The inevitable future development and build-out of trust properties will exacerbate the loss of taxes that would be paid on the trust properties and by Cayuga Indian Nation businesses.

Infrastructure/ Services:
Infrastructure maintenance, police protection, fire protection, emergency services and other public services require revenues from property taxes and assessments to support same. The loss of tax and assessment revenue generated from the Cayuga Indian Nation trust properties will impose the cost of such referenced local services on a smaller group of property owners thus increasing the unit cost for those services. Such services will be continued to be used by the Cayuga Indian Nation properties taken into trust and persons occupying such properties (should the application be granted) but without the Cayuga Indian Nation trust properties paying any taxes or assessments.
Trust properties will continue to use community infrastructure (roads, emergency services etc.), yet those properties (and activities on them) will be exempt from sharing in the cost to maintain such infrastructure and pay for services occupants of trust properties will continue to use.
The development and all but certain expansion of Cayuga Indian Nation lands including Cayuga Indian Nation operations, retail facilities and gaming will increase the demand on community services provided by local and state governments. Certain of these services will continue to be undertaken by local governments without the payment of any taxes or assessments for properties which are the subject of Cayuga Indian Nation applications and/or future applications.

Unfair Competition:
The Cayuga Indian Nation enjoys a significant economic advantage over competing businesses in operating its commercial enterprises and not charging or collecting state taxes. Non-Indian business, which must pay taxes, may be unable to compete and be forced to decrease the size of their operations (and as a result decrease employees) or shut down, resulting in losses of jobs, loss and businesses additional lost tax and special assessment revenues.
Sales at gas stations and cigarettes sales undoubtedly suffer when competing enterprises are charging lower prices by refusing to collect required taxes. By virtue of Cayuga Indian Nation enterprises not remitting sales and excise taxes they are able to offer their customers lower prices, therefore attracting more customers and substantially undercutting their competitors.

Regulatory Jurisdiction:
States, counties, towns and villages will lose any ability to regulate activities on the trust properties, including any activities that take place on such properties that impact the environment and natural resources including the air, soil and water.
Cayuga Nation sovereignty over the subject lands will result in a patchwork of jurisdiction over the lands. The Cayuga Indian Nation lands are a part of a larger community, all connected by water, sewer, school and other community services and resources. Without the ability to apply regulatory laws to Cayuga Indian Nation trust property, State and local governments would be unable to protect the property and health of residents in the overall community with whom the Cayuga Indian Nation shares a common environment.
Land use, environmental and other regulatory laws are only effective if they are applied uniformly over an area. The patchwork removal of the proposed lands from state and local jurisdiction threatens the regulatory scheme as a whole.
In addition to the practical benefits of comprehensive state laws, rules and regulations instituted and implemented by elected representatives, the preservation of governance at the local level preserves and advances important values, among them democracy and the sharing of community burdens and benefits.
States, counties, towns and villages will lose the ability to require enforcement of fire and building codes on buildings constructed or existing on trust lands.
Land use and zoning regulations are indispensable tools in the community planning process. Zoning allows municipalities to make the most efficient use of the community's available land, while working toward the development of a balanced and cohesive community. If trust status is granted to the Cayuga Indian Nation properties, the properties granted trust status will not be subject to land use and zoning laws and the Cayuga Indian Nation can develop such properties without regard to land use conflicts or conflicts with an overall community plan.

Environmental Consequences:
New York and its municipalities enforce environmental laws to prevent damage to our natural resources and to prevent detrimental affects to all who share in the same environment. If the Cayuga Indian Nation lands are taken into trust they would be exempt from such state, county and local environmental laws, thereby posing a significant potential risk of damage or potential damage to our natural resources thereby adversely impacting residents of the counties because we all share in the same environment, and such trust status and lack of regulatory control presents threats or potential threats to our natural resources.
The inability of the State to enforce state environmental laws that protect or reduce adverse impact to scarce and irreplaceable natural resources ranging from our lakes, rivers, and groundwater, to our air and soil will in essence prevent the State from protecting the environment for all and increase the likelihood of damage and destruction of such scarce resources adversely impacting all members of our communities.

Future Development:
Given that I/we understand that the Cayuga Indian Nation has indicated it seeks to acquire more lands and that it reportedly has many acres of land located in the counties that are not part of the current land to trust applications, I/we believe the Cayuga Indian Nation will continue acquire properties within what it contends is the reservation area, make application to have such additional lands held in trust and then develop or further develop such properties resulting in increased losses of future tax and assessment revenue.
The environmental impacts of the all but inevitable likelihood of the Cayuga Indian Nation making future trust applications, and acquiring more lands and expanding its operations (i.e., gasoline sales, convenience store operations, campgrounds and gaming) and the impacts the financial drain associated with the removal of additional properties from tax rolls, including impacts to public infrastructure, social services and other services required must be considered.
The Cayuga Indian Nation's failure to state its future development plans or potential plans exacerbates the concern that the future acquisition of additional lands will result in future land-into-trust applications which will remove more lands from the obligations of taxation and assessments and remove more properties and businesses conducted on those properties from all state, county and local regulatory control.

General Comments:
The DEIS as prepared for the conveyance of lands into trust by the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York is inadequate because it does not undertake an adequate analysis of the issues I/we have highlighted in this letter.

The DEIS lacks critical information needed for a thorough review of the application and because it does not require mitigation of known adverse impacts as identified in this letter, I/we request the Bureau of Indian Affairs to withdraw the DEIS until such a time when these issues are resolved or alternatively I/we request that the "no action alternative" be selected and the Cayuga Indian Nation application to have lands conveyed into trust be denied in all respects.

We oppose the land-into-trust application submitted by the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York and urge the Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny the application in all respects, including for the reasons set forth in this letter.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement lacks critical information needed for a thorough review of the application and because it does not require mitigation of known adverse impacts as identified in this letter, We request the Bureau of Indian Affairs to withdraw the DEIS until such a time when these issues are resolved or alternatively we urge the BIA to adopt the "no action alternative" and not grant the Cayuga Indian Nation's application for lands into trust. Thank you for the opportunity to submit our comments and concerns into the public record.

Sincerely,



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#1037142 --- 06/12/09 05:59 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: grinch]
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While we are fighting for our very tax base that supports the largest tax supported organizations, fire departments, they schedule a convention at Turning Stone Casino. TS is an illegal casino, operated by the Oneida Tribe who refuse to pay property taxes that go to support fire fighters.

I trust that no local fire fighters or chiefs will attend this convention. If they do their budgets should be scrutinzed to see if tax payer funds were used to support this convention.

I will remember this when the FD's knock on my door soliciting funds and it will be a question I will ask before donating.

Who if any in your department attended the Fire Convention at Turning Stone? I will suggest they solicit donations from the Cayuga and the Oneida to make up for what I will no longer give.

Anyone else who feels the same should ask the same question of their fire departments.



New York State Fire Chiefs gather at Turning Stone for annual convention
Convention of state group is largest convention ever held at Turning Stone.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
By Glenn Coin
Staff writer
About 15,000 firefighters will descend on Turning Stone Resort and Casino next week, the largest convention ever held at the resort.

"Our board of directors were impressed with the facilities at Turning Stone," said Mary K. Hanlon, spokeswoman for the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.

The convention had been in Lake George for the past three years, and was held at the state fairgrounds just west of Syracuse for eight years before that.

This year's convention will run from Wednesday to Saturday. It will include 300 exhibitors, a variety of training programs, and live burns on an 18-acre parcel of land recently transferred into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation, which owns Turning Stone.

The resort had facilities large enough for the convention and was centrally located, said Tom LaBelle, executive director of the association.

"Without getting into details, it was also quite frankly very reasonably priced for a very modern facility," he said.

LaBelle said there are also plenty of nearby attractions for firefighters, including Sylvan Beach.

"We don't expect folks to wander into the exhibits at 9 a.m. and not leave until 6 p.m.," LaBelle said. "We expect them to come in and then go out and enjoy the area."

Turning Stone has about 700 hotel rooms, not enough for everybody.

Nearby hotels are full, and rooms in the Carrier Circle area are also booked, said Danica Bryant, spokeswoman for the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"Over the four nights, it looks like it's 700 room-nights," she said.

Firefighters will also be trained in controlled burns on former military land on Route 365.



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#1037389 --- 06/13/09 07:48 AM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: grinch]
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How much more equiptment could the firefighters buy with a BILLION dollars?


Sorry but the tribes refuse to pay their share.

Who responds when a call comes from the tribes operations for fire assistance?
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#1038307 --- 06/15/09 01:01 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: bluezone]
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Here is a quote by Labelle of the FCA's


"Without getting into details, it was also quite frankly very reasonably priced for a very modern facility," he said.

Hello Mr LaBelle? Did it ever occur to you the reason it is very reasonably priced they do not pay taxes. The very taxes that support the fire departments and fire fighters who support your organization.

Where will you hold your convention next year and other years when your membership dries up as Fire Departments and individuals no longer can afford to support you as the taxpayer is bankrupt?

While you are are Turning Stone ask Mr Halbriter, nicely of course, to PAY HIS FIRE TAXES ON THE PROPERTIES THE ONEIDA OWN.

Ask him to please start collecting and remitting sales taxes on the goods they sell. Tell him the Fire Departments, the fire fighters and the association are dependent upon TAXPAYER MONEY folr their very existance and would he please, please pay his taxes.

Let us know what he tells you.

Wow Mr Labelle, what a great deal you got for the Association.

I WILL ASK YOU AT WHAT COST TO THE TAXPAYER.


I am editing this to add. I looked up your web site but found it is not operational and I could send you an email asking the same questions I pose here.

What say you, take your head out of the 19th hole and fix the web site so you can conduct the business your are paid to do. Paid I assume by tax dollars which the Oneida avoid paying.


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#1038309 --- 06/15/09 01:03 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: grinch]
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Every fire department who has a voice in the Associations activities should ask Mr Labelle and the Board of Directors to resign for this appalling slap at the taxpayer who supports them

Think about it.


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#1038802 --- 06/16/09 01:07 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: grinch]
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Originally Posted By: grinch
While you are are Turning Stone ask Mr Halbriter, nicely of course, to PAY HIS FIRE TAXES ON THE PROPERTIES THE ONEIDA OWN.

Let us know what he tells you.



Ray will say "It employs people" just like at the BIA meetings regarding foreclosure of Turning Stone. He never speaks of the illegality of it just that "It employs people". Drug dealers employ people also but they get locked up in jail.
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#1039146 --- 06/17/09 05:47 AM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: bluezone]
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Reminder Notice


Please Attend
BIA Public Hearing
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is holding a public hearing
on the Cayuga Indian Nation Land Into Trust Application’s
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
New York Chiropractic College
Athletic Center Gymnasium
2360 State Route 89
Seneca Falls, NY 13148


Where to Find the DEIS
You may find the DEIS on the web site http://www.NoCayugaLandIntoTrust.Net. The BIA has provided copies of the DEIS for viewing at the following locations during normal business hours:

Lakeside Trading
2552 Route 89
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Seneca Falls Library
47 Cayuga St.
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Lakeside Trading
299 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, NY 13160

Springport Free Library
171 Cayuga St., P.O. Box 501
Union Springs, NY 13160

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#1039336 --- 06/17/09 01:14 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: grinch]
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Originally Posted By: grinch



Reminder Notice


Please Attend
BIA Public Hearing
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is holding a public hearing
on the Cayuga Indian Nation Land Into Trust Application’s
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
New York Chiropractic College
Athletic Center Gymnasium
2360 State Route 89
Seneca Falls, NY 13148



Where to Find the DEIS
You may find the DEIS on the web site http://www.NoCayugaLandIntoTrust.Net. The BIA has provided copies of the DEIS for viewing at the following locations during normal business hours:

Lakeside Trading
2552 Route 89
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Seneca Falls Library
47 Cayuga St.
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Lakeside Trading
299 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, NY 13160

Springport Free Library
171 Cayuga St., P.O. Box 501
Union Springs, NY 13160







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#1039356 --- 06/17/09 01:46 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: bluezone]
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We need a lot of Cayuga County people tonight too! This is not just for Seneca County, folks.
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#1039392 --- 06/17/09 02:51 PM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: kyle585]
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HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND ( BE PART OF IT)



FROM THE FINGER LAKES TIMES DATED WEDNESDAY JUNE 17 2009

WEDNESDAY JUNE 17, 2009 Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 2009


by DAVID L. SHAW/dshaw@fltimes.com

SENECA FALLS — Hundreds are expected to attend Wednesday’s much-anticipated public hearing on the draft environmental impact statement for the Cayuga Indian Nation’s land into trust application.

Strong opposition to the application is expected from local government officials and residents of the two counties.

Officials from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs will conduct the hearing. They will listen to comments, limited to three minutes per person, about the draft report done for the BIA by AKRF of White Plains.

The report concludes that there would be little or no negative impact, environmental or otherwise, from the Cayugas placing 129 acres of land in Cayuga and Seneca counties into federal, tax-exempt trust.

Included in the 129 acres are two convenience store/gas stations operated by the Cayugas in Seneca Falls and Union Springs.

If trust status is granted, the Cayugas plan to re-open the small electronic gaming facilities in Seneca Falls and Union Springs that closed in 2004.

In addition to verbal comments at the hearing, people can submit written comments.

Options for written comments are:

n Mail, hand carry or fax comments to Franklin Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Regional Office of the BIA, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tenn. 37214. The fax number is (615) 564-6701.

Comments must be received by July 6.

n Written comments may be submitted to http://www.nocayugalandintotrust.net. They will be forwarded to the BIA if received by June 26.

n Written comments may be mailed or e-mailed to a member of the Seneca and Cayuga Counties Task Force. They will forward them to the BIA if received by June 26.

Names, addresses and e-mail addresses of task force members are available at http://www.nocayugalandintotrust.net.

The draft statement can be found at http://www.nocayugalandintotrust.net or in hard copy form at the Cayuga Nation’s LakeSide Trading stores in Seneca Falls and Union Springs; the Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga St.; and the Springport Free Library, 171 Cayuga St., Union Springs.

After the hearing and review of comments, a final environmental impact statement will be issued and a decision made by the BIA on the trust application.

If you go:

WHAT: Public hearing on draft environmental impact statement on Cayuga Indian Nation’s land into trust application

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

WHERE: Athletic Center, New York Chiropractic College, Route 89, Seneca Falls

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#1039636 --- 06/18/09 07:28 AM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: grinch]
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Sorry Halftown but you abandonded the land. ;\)
Canada is now your homeland. What Canada will not let you have a casino?
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#1039638 --- 06/18/09 07:30 AM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Sorry Halftown but you abandonded the land. ;\)
Canada is now your homeland. What Canada will not let you have a casino?


Why send Sullivan if the land was abandoned?

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#1039643 --- 06/18/09 07:32 AM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: BJ Radford]
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Why did the Cayugas go to Canada?
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#1039650 --- 06/18/09 07:36 AM Re: Legislators mount land-trust opposition [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Why did the Cayugas go to Canada?


There you go again, not answering the question and instead throwing up a question!
Some of the Cayugas chose to go to Canada. Some chose to stay. Those are the ones I work for. As to the whys - none of those people are still alive, and obviously, as a result I have never spoken to them so I can only guess as to their reasoning.

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