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#1459309 --- 09/17/14 04:59 PM Rte 90 by Lakeside Closed
jersey_giants Offline
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Does anyone know why Rte 90 in Union Springs is closed. Everything was fine when I went through this AM; but it was closed on my way home from the High School to the turn off to Auburn. Cayuga Cty Sheriffs and State Troopers were directing traffic


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#1459319 --- 09/17/14 06:35 PM Re: Rte 90 by Lakeside Closed [Re: jersey_giants]
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Law enforcement responds to Union Springs after dueling Cayuga Nation factions fight

UNION SPRINGS | Long-brewing tensions among the embattled Cayuga Indian Nation have once again erupted.

Around noon Wednesday, law enforcement responded in force to Lake Side Trading after members of the dueling factions reportedly got into a fight at the Union Springs gas station.

The details of the fight — such as who instigated and was involved in the scuffle — remain unclear.

Dozens of uniformed and plains-clothed members of both the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police rushed to the village. Paramedics stood ready to treat any injures, while firefighters directed traffic at the partially blocked off intersection of Routes 90 and 326.

About an hour after the fight, police pulled back — but didn't leave.

As members of the nation formed a human fence in front of the convenience store's glass doors, troopers and deputies kept watch from behind the vehicles blocking motorists from entering Lake Side Trading.

One man surveyed the scene from the gas station's roof, while other tribal members backed a truck against the store's front doors.

Aside from a second confrontation between opposing factions that quickly fizzled, the atmosphere eventually settled into a tense but peaceful state.

Some members of the faction holding court at Lake Side Trading occasionally sang traditional songs and beat a drum. Others walked around the property's perimeter burning cedar — an action they explained would chase away negative energy and help "keep the peace."

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#1459325 --- 09/17/14 07:04 PM Re: Rte 90 by Lakeside Closed [Re: newsman38]
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Flatbed thought to be carrying cigarettes causes uproar at already-tense Cayuga Nation gas station

After a few quiet hours at Lake Side Trading, tensions have picked up, with a flat bed trailer driving toward people, and punches and curses being thrown.

A flatbed trailer with the label Pullens Towing swiftly pulled into the parking lot on Route 90 around 5:35 p.m. Wednesday. As the truck pulled around the the back of the store, several cars pulled in and created a blockade at the front of the parking lot. Pullens is owned by the nation, according to its website.

State troopers, who had been sitting back on the other side of the road, stepped up to the vehicles.

People rushed to the trailer, yelling curses.

Several groups of people began to fight with one another, with at least one man punching another man in the face.

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#1459326 --- 09/17/14 07:11 PM Re: Rte 90 by Lakeside Closed [Re: jersey_giants]
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Thanks. Looks like I'll be headed to Darien Lake this weekend to get my smokes. Uggg. They really need to grow up
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#1459345 --- 09/18/14 05:18 AM Re: Rte 90 by Lakeside Closed [Re: jersey_giants]
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http://www.fingerlakesdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=16&id=144182#.VBqviBbCm71

9/17/2014 10:38:21 PM
By Fred von Wiegen

Tempers flared, Wednesday, between the two factions vying for control of the Cayuga Indian Nation as State and County law enforcement responded in the morning and again in the afternoon to quell tensions and keep a dispute from boiling over into a full scale brawl. After calming things down in the mid-morning confrontation outside Lakeside Trading in Union Springs, an even larger and somewhat rowdier crowd showed up Wednesday afternoon and fighting broke out involving about 40 individuals, prompting the State Police and the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office to combine forces to curb the violence.

No serious injuries resulted, but one person was hurt in the pushing and shoving that kept law enforcement on the scene for over four hours. An arrest on a charge of harassment was filed against one of the rioters, who was issued an appearance ticket. State Police decided to close a portion of Route 90, fronting Lakeside Trading, to insure the public's safety. The road was reopened around 6:30 p.m. after the crowds had thinned out.

Trooper Mark O'Donnell, the Public Information Officer for Troop "E" out of Canandaigua, gave us an official response to the hostilities:

O'Donnell said at issue is a dispute regarding the sale of tobacco products at Lakeside Trading:

Tobacco is just one of the sparks that have caused tempers to flare between the two factions: One of which is led by ousted Nation leader, Cliff Halftown and the other by the Nation's Unity Council. Halftown's faction runs Lakeside Trading in Union Springs while the Seneca Falls store is run by the Unity Council. The two factions have been at odds with each other for years even since Halftown lost support to lead the tribe.

Skirmishes between the opposing factions have centered around the Nation's retail enterprises and the sale and manufacture of cigarettes, a lucrative franchise that inflames hostilities and has led to a series of court filings. The U.S. government is reluctant to rule on which faction should control its internal affairs fearing that it would pierce the veil of sovereignty.

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#1459346 --- 09/18/14 05:19 AM Re: Rte 90 by Lakeside Closed [Re: jersey_giants]
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Originally Posted By: jersey_giants
Thanks. Looks like I'll be headed to Darien Lake this weekend to get my smokes. Uggg. They really need to grow up
People who smoke need to wake up.

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#1459363 --- 09/18/14 02:47 PM Re: Rte 90 by Lakeside Closed [Re: kyle585]
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BY DAVID L. SHAW dshaw@fltimes.com

UNION SPRINGS — The takeover of the Great Swamp Enterprise cigarette plant in Seneca Falls ended around noon Wednesday.

Good news, right?

Not quite.

In a bizarre twist, the participants in that incident — and others — immediately traveled to the other side of Cayuga Lake and took over the LakeSide Trading convenience store and gas station in this Cayuga County village.

A group of about six Native Americans who are believed to be opposed to current Cayuga Indian Nation leader Clint Halftown scaled the fence and the gate at the 61 Ovid St. Great Swamp Enterprise plant shortly before noon Sunday. They remained inside the plant until shortly before noon Wednesday.

There was no communication from the group inside the plant during the four days, and no word on their intentions.

A delegation of Cayugas decided to go inside and engage them in conversation at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. After talks that lasted through the morning, the faction left.

However, that group immediately went to LakeSide Trading in Union Springs, a business operated by the Cayugas and Halftown supporters. Police said they brushed aside security personnel and forced the clerks to leave. They went inside and locked the doors, parked a truck in front of the main entrance and closed the business.

A similar scenario occurred in May, when an anti-Halftown faction of the opposition Unity Council attempted to take over Seneca Falls and Union Springs operations. That resulted in a standoff.

Wednesday’s developments drew some 20 state troopers and nearly a dozen members of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office to the Route 90 site. Traffic was detoured.

State police said there was a skirmish between the factions, resulting in an arrest for harassment and a minor injury. The name of the person apprehended was unavailable.

Daniel French, a Syracuse lawyer representing Halftown and his supporters, was at the scene.

“Joe Heath (the lawyer representing the Unity Council) categorically denied the Unity Council authorized, condoned or supports this action,” French said. “And Clint Halftown says he certainly did not authorize or condone this unfortunate situation.”

French said it’s his understanding that those involved in the takeovers are mostly non-Cayugas. They are members of other tribes in New York, along with some Cayugas from Canada, said French, adding that they should be arrested for trespassing.


Heath and Karl Hill, a Heron Clan representative to the Unity Council, issued a statement this morning.

“Neither the occupation of the Great Swamp Enterprise cigarette facility nor the LakeSide convenience store were authorized by the Cayuga Nation Unity Council, but we are working to resolve the issue peacefully,” they said.

The statement went on to give their version of the history behind the conflict, which they blame on Halftown’s efforts to stay in power and the Bureau of Indian Affairs for not acting to resolve the dispute.

Rick Allen, a state police captain based in Farmington, said troopers would not arrest anyone as long as things remained peaceful. He said they were there to maintain the peace, but would act if there was a disruption.

Unity Council member Dan Hill said he was one of those who entered the cigarette plant and mediated the group’s departure. He said he was as surprised as anyone when the group left and went to Union Springs and took over that business.

“It was not authorized or supported or encouraged,” Hill said.

Hill said many Cayugas remain upset with the way Halftown and his supporters treat other Nation members and operates the tribe’s business enterprises and governance.

“There is no transparency and a lot of mismanagement that does not benefit the Nation,” Hill said.

As of Wednesday night, the situation had not been resolved.

Route 90 was reopened this morning.

Wednesday’s incident was the latest in a series of conflicts between the two factions of Cayugas.

In April, Unity Council members took over the Nation’s administrative office building on Route 89 in Seneca Falls. That was resolved.

In May, another conflict arose over control of the Nation’s LakeSide Enterprises in Seneca Falls and Union Springs. That saw a takeover of the Union Springs facility, much like what happened Wednesday.

The matter was resolved when both sides informally agreed to maintain a “status quo” of one faction running the Seneca Falls businesses, except for the cigarette plant, and the Halftown group running businesses in Union Springs and the cigarette plant.

The BIA was asked several months ago to resolve the leadership dispute, but has not yet acted.



Edited by kyle585 (09/18/14 02:47 PM)

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