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Judge would narrow Mohawk land claims

October 2, 2012
Associated Press

ALBANY (AP) - A federal magistrate has recommended dismissing Mohawk tribal land claims in northern New York except for the Hogansburg Triangle, approximately 2,000 acres by the St. Regis Reservation that extends along the Canadian border.

The ruling by Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks applies to three suits consolidated in 1991, claims by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs to more than 12,000 acres in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties and islands in the St. Lawrence River.

The suits claim the land was unlawfully transferred from original reservation land.

Dancks' notes the disagreement between the tribes and defendant state of New York over whether the triangle is mainly populated by Mohawks.

Her recommendations will be considered by U.S. District Judge Neal McCurn.



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