Clint Halftown is reiterating — again — that he is the official leader of the Cayuga Nation.
His opponents — again — say that is not the case.
Last week, Halftown issued a press release noting that the deadline to appeal a March 12 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had expired without an appeal being filed.
“As a result, the decision is final and the litigation is over,” Halftown declared.
Kollar-Kotelly issued a 43-page ruling in March, affirming decisions made by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that recognized the Cayuga Council, which also includes Tim Twoguns, Gary Wheeler, Donald Jimerson and Mike Barringer, as the rightful governing body of the 400-member Cayuga Nation.
“We are especially pleased that the final outcome respects the will of the Cayuga citizens in their choice of leadership and recognizes the process that provide each citizen an equal voice in their leaders,” Halftown said. “This is an exciting time for the Nation as we move forward to a more prosperous future for all citizens and put the dispute that has caused enormous costs to our nation for the last 14 years behind us.”
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