A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim.
The Onondaga Indian Nation says it plans to file a petition at the Organization of American States on Tuesday. It wants a declaration that the U.S. government's refusal to hear their lawsuit asking for the return of 2.5 million acres in upstate New York violates international human rights agreements. The Supreme Court turned away a final petition from the Onondaga Nation in October.
The nation contends that about 4,000 square miles in upstate New York was taken illegally through bogus treaties. More than 875,000 people live in the area, which includes Syracuse and other cities.