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Federal court denies immediate injunction in Cayuga Nation leadership dispute

A federal court has denied an immediate injunction to block a federal decision recognizing a group of Cayuga Nation citizens as its leaders, according to a press release.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, a branch of the U.S. Department of Interior, recognized Clint Halftown and his council as the nation's leaders in December 2016. The decision attempted to end a longstanding dispute between Halftown, his followers and a group of chiefs and clan mothers formerly known as the Unity Council.

Attorney Joseph Heath, who represents those opposing Halftown, filed paperwork in September challenging the BIA's decision in federal court in Washington D.C. The district court this week rejected a request for an immediate injunction to block the decision, Halftown's Cayuga Nation Council said in a press release.

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