Second Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Onondaga Land Claim in New York

, The Litigation Daily


Legal efforts by Native Americans to assert claims to ancestral lands have run into increasing resistance from courts reluctant to undo history. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit delivered the most recent setback by upholding the dismissal of a claim by the Onondaga Nation to 4,000 square miles of upstate New York. The Onondaga suit is the latest to be rejected by the Second Circuit based on a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision which held that recognizing a historical right to land is precluded by a long passage of time.

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