Cayuga Nation seize, demolish multiple Seneca Falls properties

Updated: February 23, 2020 01:40 PM
Created: February 22, 2020 01:58 PM

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (WHEC) - The Cayuga Nation seized and bulldozed multiple properties along State Route 89 in Seneca Falls Saturday in the latest development in an ongoing dispute over tribal leadership. 

The move to demolish was directed by the Cayuga Nation Council who is led by Clint Halftown. The Cayuga Nation says they demolished certain buildings that they owned to eliminate certain public safety issues and to remove a source of tension within the community. 


In a statement that was released Saturday morning, Cayuga Nation police say they were enforcing tribal law.

"The Cayuga Nation took possession this morning of certain Cayuga Nation properties that were seized from the Nation in 2014. The properties were seized and have been occupied by several persons, some of whom have claimed to be leaders of the Cayuga Nation, and some of whom have no connection to the Cayuga Nation at all."

During the seizure, the Cayuga Nation Police located substances that appeared to be methamphetamine and marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia, guns, and ammunition. One person was charged with possession of a substance to be methamphetamine and was arraigned by Cayuga Nation. 

The full statement from the Cayuga Nation Police can be read here

Seneca County Board Chairman Bob Hayssen called a special meeting on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. to discuss Cayuga Nationa and potential litigation. The meeting will take place at the Seneca County Office Building in Waterloo.  

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