The Clint Halftown-led faction of the Cayuga Indian Nation went to court Tuesday to argue that tribal assets now held by a rival faction should be turned over to his group.
Acting Seneca County Supreme Court Judge Dennis Bender heard oral arguments and reserved a decision on the request. Bender granted a motion by Seneca County to be an intervening party to the litigation.
For the past 10 years, the two factions have been locked in a dispute over which one should be the officially-recognized tribal leadership. The Halftown faction — called the Cayuga Nation Council — won the latest ruling from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The rival Unity Council faction that opposed him and which holds Cayuga property in Seneca Falls, will file a federal court appeal of the BIA decision.