The Bureau of Indian Affairs has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the fee-to-trust application for the Cayuga Indian Nation (CIN). The notice of availability of the FEIS was published in the Federal Register on October 22, 2010.
The next step in the process is the issuance of the Record of Decision (ROD) which is the document that will be used to issue the Department of the Interior’s determination on whether to grant or deny CIN's applications for land to be taken into trust. The ROD may be issued either by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior or its designee, the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The ROD cannot be issued until 30 days after the FEIS is issued, which is November 22, 2010 (November 21st is a weekend day so the first day it could be published is November 22).
As set forth in the referenced notice published in the Federal Register, comments on the FEIS may be submitted but need to be received by Monday, November 22. Comments should be directed to:
Franklin Keel Regional Director, Eastern Regional Office Bureau of Indian Affairs 545 Marriott Drive Suite 700 Nashville, Tennessee 37214 Fax: 615-564-6701
Copies of the FEIS are available for viewing at the following locations during normal business hours: Lakeside Trading 2552 Route 89 Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Lakeside Trading 299 Cayuga Street Union Springs, NY 13160
Seneca Falls Library 47 Cayuga Street Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Springport Free Library 171 Cayuga Street P. O. Box 501 Union Springs, NY 13160
Cayuga and Seneca Counties provided a substantial number of comments to the DEIS as referenced in the FEIS.