Author: Gabriel Pietrorazio

Gabe serves as FingerLakes1.com's Indigenous Affairs Editor and stationed out of the nation's capital. Have a tip? Send it to [email protected].
Attica: America’s infamous prison uprising is still a story about all of us
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Posted in New York State News Politics

Attica: America’s infamous prison uprising is still a story about all of us

Tyrrell Muhammad, a 19-year-old Brooklyn native, was convicted of second-degree murder as a part of a robbery which ended in homicide, one he didn’t commit. In 1979, he was sentenced to 20…

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Alcohol is now allowed in Indian Country: BIA grants Cayuga Nation approval for liquor ordinance
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Posted in Business Cayuga County News Seneca County Seneca Falls Union Springs

Alcohol is now allowed in Indian Country: BIA grants Cayuga Nation approval for liquor ordinance

There have already been plenty of talks about selling cannabis, but the Cayuga Nation now possesses a liquor license to sell alcohol on territory soil as of last month on August 2,…

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Cayuga Nation claims Seneca County is engaging with a “criminal enterprise” through Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ after sending new letter
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Posted in News Seneca County Seneca Falls

Cayuga Nation claims Seneca County is engaging with a “criminal enterprise” through Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ after sending new letter

The Cayuga Nation has broken its silence following the sending of a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs, calling Seneca County’s engagement with the “criminal enterprise”…

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New letter urges Interior Secretary Haaland to “examine the impact” of Halftown leadership in Seneca County
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Posted in News Politics Seneca County Seneca Falls

New letter urges Interior Secretary Haaland to “examine the impact” of Halftown’s leadership in Seneca County

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors has sent out a scathing letter, urging U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to assess the Cayuga Nation’s federally-recognized leadership council after the factional dispute…

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Posted in News Seneca County

Weeklong ‘Halftown Must Go’ social campaign reminds local, federal officials about destruction, Cayuga Nation’s factional dispute

Emboldened by the actions of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors who recently voted unanimously to send a new letter to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ community are capitalizing…

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Halftown: “the County is not yet serious about establishing a positive government-to-government relationship”
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Posted in News Seneca County

Halftown: “the County is not yet serious about establishing a positive government-to-government relationship”

Clint Halftown, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ federally-recognized representative, has broke his silence by publicly responding to the Seneca County Board of Supervisors recent decision to side with the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ leadership…

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“There is no negotiating with Halftown”: Seneca County recognizes traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ sovereignty after Rule 29 passes, resulting in a new letter to BIA 
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Posted in Fayette News Seneca County Seneca Falls

“There is no negotiating with Halftown”: Seneca County recognizes traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ sovereignty after Rule 29 passes, resulting in a new letter to BIA 

Everyone expected a federal representative to appear before the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, but were met with a surprise — a sachem chief instead.  Sam George, sachem chief of the Cayuga…

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Cayuga Nation requests judicial intervention, transferring civil cases over rent to Seneca County Supreme Court’s custody
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Posted in Courts New York State News Seneca County Seneca Falls

Cayuga Nation requests judicial intervention, transferring civil cases over rent to Seneca County Supreme Court’s custody

It took less than five months before the Cayuga Nation broke their promise on litigating their longstanding eviction problems solely through their self-made court. Now, the Nation is bringing close to a…

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Seneca County Board of Supervisors invite the Cayuga Nation’s Clint Halftown to speak after heeding Citizens Advisory Board’s unanimous request
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Posted in News Politics Seneca County Seneca Falls

Seneca County Supervisors invite Cayuga Nation’s Clint Halftown to future meeting

Clint Halftown, the Cayuga Nation’s Bureau of Indian Affairs federal representative, may be coming to speak before the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, sooner rather than later. Ralph Lott, chair of the…

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Open government advocate says “strategy should be left the lawyers” following executive session in Seneca County
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Posted in News Politics Seneca County

Open government group says “strategy should be left to the lawyers” after executive session in Seneca County

Paul Wolf, president of the New York Coalition for Open Government, is always keeping a tab on issues of accountability and transparency and Seneca County is no exception either. The latest Seneca…

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Cayuga Nation Deerhead Lakeside Restaurant & Bar
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Posted in Business News Seneca County Seneca Falls

Changing hands: Cayuga Nation acquires Deerhead Lakeside Restaurant & Bar in Seneca Falls

The Cayuga Nation has bought Deerhead Lakeside Restaurant & Bar along Lower Lake Road. The deed for the scenic eatery overlooking Cayuga Lake recently changed hands, closing a deal with former owner…

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Sinkiewicz: If Bowman “had a Native American name, we wouldn’t even be talking about it,” shocking recorded conversation with Seneca County DA surfaces
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Posted in Courts Fayette News Seneca County Seneca Falls

Sinkiewicz: If Bowman “had a Native American name, we wouldn’t even be talking about it,” recorded conversation with Seneca County DA surfaces

A few days after the arraignment of Fayette’s Charles Bowman at the Seneca Falls Town Court on Wednesday, July 13, criminal defense attorney John Alder Stevens says Seneca County District Attorney Mark…

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Seneca County Board of Supervisors battle for right for enter executive session to review “options for future court proceedings” against Cayuga Nation
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Posted in News Politics Seneca County

Seneca County Board of Supervisors battle for right to enter executive session to review “options for future court proceedings” against Cayuga Nation

For those who ever thought Seneca County’s contentious legal quarrels with the Cayuga Nation had finally come to an end after the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of their writ of certiorari over…

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Cayuga Nation issues its own permits “in deference to Seneca Falls community,” claiming sovereignty while clearing self-made debris
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Posted in News Seneca County Seneca Falls

Cayuga Nation issues its own permits “in deference to Seneca Falls community,” claiming sovereignty while clearing self-made debris

The Cayuga Nation is suddenly clearing its self-made debris within Seneca Falls — without possessing any permits from the county whatsoever — while simultaneously creating their own in the name of sovereignty….

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Posted in New York State News Seneca County Seneca Falls

Supervisors debate what to do about demolished Cayuga Nation properties after hopes of foreclosure dashed by court ruling

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors waited in anticipation for a presentation about the current Cayuga Nation taxation situation from Frank Sinicropi, the county’s treasurer — but the latest breaking development wasn’t…

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Tonawanda Seneca Nation’s Earthjustice newly-filed Article 78 lawsuit poses threat for Plug Power in Alabama
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Posted in Environment New York State News

Tonawanda Seneca Nation’s newly-filed Article 78 lawsuit alongside Earthjustice poses threat for Plug Power in Alabama

Less than five months after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the development of a massive, new sustainable energy source — the Tonawanda Seneca Nation has filed an Article 78 lawsuit with Earthjustice to…

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