fundamental issue is sovereignty. UCE adamantly opposes the establishment of an independent,
sovereign Cayuga Indian nation within New York State. Nation refers to independent government,
"possessing the power of absolute dominion over its territory
and people." The U.S. government has restricted
Indian tribes' governmental authority. There is no reference to absolute Indian sovereignty in the
U.S. Constitution; the tribes are federally recognized as domestic
dependent nations. Indian
tribal reservations are federal lands held in trust by U.S.
Supreme Court holds that Indians are U.S. citizens (who vote,
receive social services, etc.), and members of an Indian tribe.
interpreted by the Cayuga Indians, produces major problems:
of a separate nation
within U.S. boundaries - Indian reservation is under the
jurisdiction of a sovereign tribal government
of separate, but unequal governmental
bodies - a tribal system of services is set up, including
court, labor, etc.
of an Indian police force,
answerable only to tribal council
paid by all NY taxpayers to support services for roads, water,
sewer, emergency and fire protection on reservation land
- these can be demanded by the tribe, at taxpayers'
of land from tax rolls of Cayuga and Seneca counties' communities
and school districts, increasing taxes for all taxpayers -
Cayuga Indians refuse to pay taxes to New York State
of landowners who feel compelled to leave their property, as willing
sellers, rather than reside in the midst of a foreign
reservation - this checker boarding by Indians is
allowed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in order to create
of local, state and federal control
over the administration of civil and environmental laws that
affect pollution, hunting/fishing/gathering, gambling and
personal property rights - Indians refuse to respect or
enforce our codes/regulations
of unfair business
practices in which local, tax-paying businesses are forced to
compete with non-taxpaying reservation businesses, immune to
local, state, and federal regulations
Cayuga Indians' loss of civil and personal rights,
guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and through N.Y. State
laws/agencies - Indian Tribal Constitution takes precedence
over the U.S. Constitution on reservations.
creation of a Cayuga Indian reservation is detrimental to Cayuga
Indians and the residents of Cayuga and Seneca Counties, the
entire State of New York, and the United States of America.
The establishment of a self-proclaimed sovereign nation
within the counties and state threaten
the very fabric of communities and the freedoms
the United States is founded on.