A state Supreme Court Justice last week ordered one group of the Cayuga Nation to surrender a gas station and ice cream shop, among other properties, to another group who is recognized by the federal government.
The ruling affects control of the the Nation-owned Cayuga Lake Trading (also known as LakeSide Trading) store in Seneca Falls, at 2552 state Route 89, as well as the nearby Sugar Shack ice cream stand and Nation offices.
Those properties belong under control of the Cayuga Nation Council, led by Clint Halftown, Judge Dennis Bender ruled.
The rival Unity Council — the Cayugas’ traditional leadership — had taken control of those properties in 2014.
The judge’s decision came after the Bureau of Indian Affairs last month affirmed its ruling that made the Cayuga Nation Council, led by Halftown, the Nation’s official governing body.
Halftown became the Nation’s federal representative after the death of a Cayuga chief in 2003.