U.S. Backs Indian Land 

Suit Against N.Y. State


Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 12:07:33 PST

From rightnow-request@maillist.net

The federal government joined a claim Friday by Indians suing N.Y. state for allegedly stealing land from their ancestors to make sure that a court hears the case, the Justice Department said. The suit, filed by the Seneca Nation and the Tonawanda Band of Senecas in 1993, was in danger of being dismissed because of a 1997 Supreme Court ruling Indian tribes may not bring land claims against state officials. But the ruling does not apply to the federal government, which may sue states in federal court, the Justice Department said. See  http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9906E7DE1039F933A05755C0A967948260

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