By DAVID L. SHAW dshaw@fltimes.com

SENECA FALLS — The Cayuga Indian Nation’s Unity Council has reconstituted itself, adopting a new name and some new members.

The lawful Council of the Cayuga Nation, informally known as the Unity Council, “shall hereby be known as the Cayuga Nation Council,” a consensus decision states. Certain council members who withdrew from operations on a temporary basis have recommitted to full participation, the decision stated.

The Unity Council was formed June 1, 2011, along with an affirmation of the composition of the Cayuga Nation Council of Chiefs. However, it was noted various non-Indians, non-Cayugas, Cayuga citizens and news media have “created serious confusion about the nature, name and composition of the Nation’s lawful government,” the decision said.

In accordance with its laws, customs and traditions, the Cayuga Nation Council is made up of:

• Sachem or Chief William Jacobs of the Heron Clan. He is the federal representative.

• Sachem Samuel George of the Bear Clan. He is the alternate federal representative.

• Chester Isaac, Bear Clan representative.

• Justin Bennett, Turtle Clan representative.

• Samuel Campbell, Turtle Clan representative.

• Karl Hill, Faithkeeper, Heron Clan representative.

“The Cayuga Nation Council is committed to healing the wounds suffered by the nation in past years and the Cayuga Nation Council is united in the goal of working toward a brighter future for citizens of the Cayuga Nation and for their friends and neighbors,” the consensus decision concludes.
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