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Title In the matter of the application of the People of the State of New York, on relation of the Cayuga Nation of Indians, resident in the State of New York…
Author Cayuga Nation
Date
Document Type Official Record; Tribe Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Typescript copy of the petition for mandamus presented to the New York State Supreme Court by the Cayuga Nation of Indians in Sept. 1911, requesting that the Land Office Commissioners be ordered to take steps towards a settlement of the land claims of the Cayugas against the State of New York. Lands of the Cayuga Nation acquired by the state of New York under the treaty of July 27, 1795 were put up for public sale and sold for $247,609.33. On Feb. 27, 1906, the Cayugas filed a claim against the State of New York for the amount of the sale plus interest accrued; and after the state legislature empowered the land commissioners to negotiate a settlement with the Cayugas, through the enactment of chapter 255 of the Laws of 1909, an agreement was reached whereby the Cayuga Nation would receive an annuity forever of $13,000 per year, to be paid in two installments in Oct. and April. However, upon review by the governor, Charles E. Hughes, and the attorney general, the state decided that there was no legal basis for the Cayugas’ claim. In Jan. 1911, a new board of land commissioners was sworn in, and in view of their unwillingness to negotiate any settlement with the Cayugas, counsel for the Indians entered an application for mandamus.
Names Hughes, Charles E.
Places Lake Superior, Lake Huron, New York, United States
Keywords land claim, land cession, court, government, tribal government, negotiation
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information FULL TITLE: In the matter of the application of the People of the State of New York, on relation of the Cayuga Nation of Indians, resident in the State of New York, of David Warrior, Elon Eels, and Ernest Spring, Chiefs and members of the Cayuga Nation of Indians, and of Adelburt Mort for a mandamus against the Commissioners of the Land Office: typescript, 1911 Sept.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 152
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue