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].
EXCLUSIVE: BIA says New York State has “jurisdiction over land owned by the Cayuga Nation” in wake of Pipekeepers raid
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Posted in Cayuga County News Seneca County Seneca Falls

BIA says New York State has “jurisdiction over land owned by the Cayuga Nation” in wake of Pipekeepers raid

The recent raid of a local smoke shop by the Cayuga Nation Police Department prompted an unexpected reaction by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, partly because a concerned county resident raised alarm…

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Posted in News Police Beat Seneca County Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls Police Department release several charges after Cayuga Nation raid

A number of criminal charges were brought against Nora Weber, 34, after the raid of a local smoke shop from earlier today. She has been charged with one count of assault in…

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BREAKING: Cayuga Nation Police raid Pipekeepers Tobacco & Gas early New Year’s Day morning
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Posted in News Seneca County Seneca Falls

Cayuga Nation Police raid Pipekeepers Tobacco & Gas early New Year’s Day

An overnight raid of the Pipekeepers Tobacco & Gas store kickstarts the new year for the Cayuga Nation, ushering in a renewed, rapidly intensifying factional conflict to end the holiday season. It…

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Family of Medal of Honor recipient comes to terms with ancestor’s role during Wounded Knee Massacre
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Posted in New York State News

Family of Medal of Honor recipient comes to terms with ancestor’s role during Wounded Knee Massacre

“For conspicuous bravery and coolness displayed while shooting hostile Indians” Captain Winfield S. Edgerly, commander of the Army’s G Troop 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Wounded Knee, sat down at…

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Posted in History New York State News

Remembering a Massacre: A Roundtable on Wounded Knee

The national award-winning Indigenous affairs team at FingerLakes1.com seeks to acknowledge the deadly massacre at Wounded Knee on Dec. 29, 1890. “Remembering a Massacre: A Roundtable on Wounded Knee,” a special two-part…

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Seneca County supervisors stay silent as Charles Bowman called town chief of police, county sheriff and district attorney “liars”
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Posted in Fayette News Seneca County Seneca Falls

Seneca County supervisors stay silent as Charles Bowman calls town chief of police, sheriff and district attorney “liars”

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors was overwhelmingly quiet when Charles Bowman of Fayette stood behind the podium during their last meeting of the calendar year on Tuesday, Dec. 14. A recent…

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Posted in Cayuga County Enfield News Seneca County Seneca Falls Tompkins County Union Springs

Interior’s Bryan Newland reopens consideration of Cayuga Nation’s land-into-trust application denial

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland has advised the Interior Department to reconsider the Cayuga Nation’s denial of a 114-acre land-into-trust application. The development came last week from the U.S. District Court…

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Buffalo Sabres hosts first-ever Native American Heritage Night, honoring Seneca Nation
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Posted in News Sports

Buffalo Sabres host first-ever Native American Heritage Night, honoring Seneca Nation

The National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres dedicates an evening to the Seneca Nation in a special first-ever Native American Heritage Night home game sponsored by the Seneca Resorts and Casinos. Tonight marks…

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Enfield town board members opt out of considering second Cayuga resolution
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Posted in Enfield New York State News Politics Seneca County Seneca Falls Tompkins County

Enfield town board members opt out of considering second Cayuga resolution

In the days following a joint letter authored by Seneca County officials including Sheriff Tim Luce, District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz and Seneca Falls Chief of Police Stuart Peenstra, the town of Enfield has…

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Town of Enfield gets involved in Cayuga Nation controversy, unanimously agreeing to send letter to BIA
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Posted in Courts Enfield Fayette New York State News Seneca County Seneca Falls Tompkins County

Town of Enfield gets involved in Cayuga Nation controversy, unanimously agreeing to send letter to BIA

The Town Board of Enfield unanimously passed a resolution which will send a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, urging for the federal government’s intervention on the Cayuga Nation conflict….

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Posted in Courts New York State News

Seneca County attorney authors and sends letter to state’s Attorney General

Seneca County Attorney Dave Ettman has sent a letter to Attorney General Letitia James, calling for the independent investigation of Charles Bowman’s criminal prosecution in the town of Seneca Falls, after a…

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A settlement with Tonawanda Seneca Nation seeks to “permanently protect” 200-acres from renewable development
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Posted in Courts Environment News

A settlement with Tonawanda Seneca Nation seeks to “permanently protect” more than 200-acres from project

Even after a recent legal defeat, the Tonawanda Seneca Nation still reached a settlement to “permanently protect” more than 200-acres of land from Plug Power’s development.  Tonawanda Seneca Nation’s newly-filed Article 78…

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Cayuga Nation says Seneca County is “siding with criminal Charles Bowman” in statement after supervisors support calling for special prosecutor
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Posted in Courts New York State News Seneca County

Cayuga Nation says Seneca County is “siding with criminal Charles Bowman” in statement after supervisors support calling for special prosecutor

The Cayuga Nation has broke its silence since the Seneca County Board of Supervisors’ latest decision to send a letter, calling upon Attorney General Letitia James for a special prosecutor on behalf…

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Supervisors request special prosecutor for Charles Bowman and an investigation of Cayuga Nation Police Department in a new letter to the state’s Attorney General
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Posted in Courts News Politics Seneca County

Supervisors request special prosecutor for Charles Bowman and an investigation of Cayuga Nation Police Department in a new letter to the state’s Attorney General

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed another Rule 29 motion about Cayuga Nation matters — this time to draft a letter for Attorney General Letitia James regarding Fayette’s Charles Bowman and…

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Posted in Environment New York State News

Tonawanda Seneca Nation loses the chance to stop Plug Power after court dismisses civil lawsuit

Hopes of sending developers packaging have been dashed after a Genesee Supreme Court judge recently dismissed an Article 78 lawsuit submitted by Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm, on behalf of the…

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Change the Calendar: Columbus or Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but that’s not the entire story — rather just the beginning. Paul Winnie, an enrolled member of the Tonawanda Seneca Nation and a lifetime…

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