Cayuga Nation voices concerns over Oneida Nation and New York State agreement

The Cayuga Indian Nation sent letters to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Department of the Interior over concerns about the agreement with the Oneida's Indian Nation saying they would challenge any agreement which limits their federal rights.

If the deal is approved, the state would give the Oneida Indian Nation exclusive rights for casinos over Cayuga County, along with other counties including Madison and Oneida.

The Cayuga Indian Nation says they donâ??t like the deal and they are encouraging others who are opposed write to lawmakers on every level.

"The Governorâ??s proposed grant of exclusivity to the Oneida's Nation regarding lands within the Cayuga Nationâ??s reservation will not and cannot stand under established federal law and long-standing treaty rights," said Clint Halftown, the Cayuga Nationâ??s federally-recognized representative, in a media release.

Read the letters here