Federal government’s recognition of Cayuga Nation leadership on hold

The Interior Board of Indian Appeals has stayed the Bureau of Indian Affairs' December decision to recognize the Clint Halftown faction of the Cayuga Nation as the nation's official leaders.

The stay order was issued on Monday, Jan. 23, a little over a week after another faction of the Cayuga Nation formerly known as the Unity Council, appealed the BIA's ruling.

The BIA, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Interior, released a letter to both factions in December from Eastern Regional Office Director Bruce Maytubby. In that letter, Maytubby recognizes a ballot collection Halftown and his council created where 237 citizens out of 392 that were contacted, gave Halftown statements of support.

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