Cayuga Nation foreclosure hearing postponed
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The Citizen staff report | Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:01 pm | (0) Comments

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A hearing planned for Thursday regarding the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York's effort to stop foreclosure on some of its land by Seneca County has been adjourned.

Lee Alcott, an attorney representing the tribe, said the hearing was pushed back at the county's request because the county wants time to consider the impact of this week's U.S. Supreme Court decision in a similar case involving the Oneida Nation. In that case, the Supreme Court vacated a lower court ruling when the Oneidas decided to waive their claim to sovereign immunity.

In seeking the adjournment, Seneca County agreed to hold off on moving forward with the foreclosure proceedings until the district court makes a decision.

The Cayuga Nation had asked a federal judge in the U.S. District Court Western District of New York for an injunction and temporary restraining order preventing Seneca County from foreclosing on the tribes' land.

Cayuga County is also taking steps to foreclose on Cayuga Nation property, but that process is not as far along as the one in Seneca County, so the nation has not filed a legal challenge yet.

Seneca County officials have said that the tribe owes nearly $5,500 in property taxes from 2008 while Cayuga County officials said the tribe owes nearly $124,000 in unpaid taxes from 2008. The tribe has maintained its sovereignty exempts it from paying taxes.

Alcott said a new date for hearings in the Seneca County case has not been established.

does the tribe not pay for their employees paycheck adjustments?