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Collaboration continues: Cayuga Nation, Seneca County leaders pleased with talks so far

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Clint Halftown, the federally recognized leader of the Cayuga Nation, recently expressed satisfaction with a December 6 meeting held with Seneca County Manager Kyle Lovell and Board of Supervisors chairman Mike Enslow.

In a memo to the county’s 14-member board, Halftown highlighted the meeting’s positive atmosphere, noting both parties’ eagerness to move past historical differences towards a cooperative future.


The meeting, marking a significant step after nearly four decades of minimal communication, was seen as a gradual but important move towards building a relationship based on mutual respect and friendship.

Despite some criticism from certain board members and opposition from the Cayuga Council of Chiefs and Clanmothers, Halftown remains hopeful.

The Cayuga Nation currently runs various businesses in Seneca and Cayuga counties, including a gas station, convenience store, cannabis operation, and a gaming facility.