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Council News - June 2009

Dear Cayuga Nation Citizens:

We hope that all is well with you and your families and that you are all enjoying the start of summer.

There are a lot of exciting things happening with the Cayuga Nation.

First and foremost, the Cayuga Nation Representative, Clint Halftown was re-affirmed as the Nation Federally Recognized Representative by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals on May 4th, 2009.  A dissident group of Alleged Chiefs and Clan Mothers - Samuel George, William Jacobs, Chester Isaac, Bernadette Hill and Inez Jimerson - had challenged Clint and the Cayuga Nation governing Council of Clint, Tim and Gary.  The dissidents began this challenge on May 31st, 2006.  Copies of the decision reaffirming Clint and the council are available at the Nation Offices (click here to see decision).  If you wish to have one, just call and we will mail you a copy.

The Cayuga Sugar Shack opened on May 1st, 2009.  The Cayuga Nation is now in the business of selling ice cream and running a putt-putt golf course.  So if you want to take a ride and see what the Nation has accomplished, stop by and enjoy the ride with an ice cream cone from the Cayuga Sugar Shack.  Open 11am to 9pm daily.

On May 20th, 2009, Cayuga Corner opened to sell produce and hanging baskets.  The stand is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am till 7pm.

The Cayuga Nation has not received a decision yet on our right to sell cigarettes from the New York State Court of Appeals.  We are anxiously awaiting this decision and anticipate it within the next week or so.

Do NOT forget the Cayuga Nation Picnic - August 8th, 2009 at the house in Varick, NY.  The Nation picnic is open to all Cayuga Nation Citizens and Families.  This year's picnic is very special.  Twelve Cayuga Nation Citizens have been randomly selected to be the Faces on our 2010 calendar.  They won an all expenses-paid trip to fly home to the Cayuga Nation Territory.  They will have their photographs taken, they will attend the picnic and for four days will be toured around the homeland, seeing what the Nation has accomplished.  This will be a good time for these people to re-connect with family members.  So plan on attending the Nation picnic on August 8th, 2009 from 12pm till whenever.  Cayuga Nation Citizen Warren John will be bringing his band this year and playing music at the picnic.

Many of you have been calling the Nation offices to determine what is going on with Homeland Security on border crossing issues.  The Nation has been involved with this new law going into effect and has been working on this issue.  Some of you have been getting mailing from some other group stating that they are involved in this process.  We are dealing with the Department of Homeland Security and are attempting to get some response from them.  They are very slow to respond to the Nations.  We know that the Seneca Nation has a signed MOU with the Homeland Security, but has no reponse from them at all.  We will continue to pursue this issue.

So another month has passed, and we still are here to work for the betterment of all Cayugas lives.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 716-337-4270.


Clint Halftown, Heron Clan

Tim Twoguns, Turtle Clan

Gary Wheeler, Turtle Clan