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Title Before the Commissioners of the Land Office of the state of New York in the matter of the memorial of the Cayuga Nation of Indians [manuscript]: report, 1906 Mar. [29] / respectfully submitted Julius Mayer, attorney general
Author New York (State); Mayer, Julius Marshuetz (1865-1925); McGuire, Horace
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Contemporary typescript copy of the opinion (March 29, 1906) of New York attorney general Julius Mayer, regarding the memorial of the Cayuga Nation. Opinion concludes that the Commissioners of the Land Office have no authority to hear the case without the approval of the governor, that the Cayuga Indians were and are wards of the state, that their claim is equitable, that the title ceded by the Indians was only possessory, that the state sold both possessory and in-fee titles, and that the claim is public, not private. Also cover letter (Apr. 10, 1906) from Horace McGuire, deputy attorney general and author of the opinion, to William H. Samson, a Rochester journalist and historian, forwarding the document and a newspaper clipping regarding the case.
Names Samson, William H. (1860-1919); Decker, George P.
Places Rochester, New York, United States
Keywords law, commissioner, land claim, land cession, sale of land, governor
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information In 1906, attorneys for the Cayuga Nation (George P. Decker and John Van Voorhis’ Sons) filed a memorial with the Commissioners of the Land Office of the state of New York, requesting that cash profits realised by the state in the sale of Cayuga land cessions dating from the treaty of 1789 be paid to the Nation, or that the state’s indebtedness to the tribe be acknowledged.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 640
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue