Michael Sliger, attorney for Sachem Sam George, discusses the context of the Halftown dispute over the leadership of the Gayogohó:nǫˀ (Cayuga) Nation, and the challenges of defending tribal sovereignty under federal Indian law.
Find The Scene’s episode, “The Future of the Cayuga Nation, Part I,” here.
Listen to the episode:
(original air date: March 24, 2023)
For more information on current issues:
- NY Times March 2023 coverage of the Cayuga Nation leadership dispute and related legal claims: “Bulldozing. Kidnapping Claims. Inside a Battle Over a Tribe’s Future.“
- NY Times January 2022 coverage of similar events unfolding within the Nooksack Nation (discussed in the episode): “A Tribe’s Bitter Purge Brings an Unusual Request: Federal Intervention.”
- Coverage of Brackeen v. Haaland, the case challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in its October 2022 term (discussed in the episode).
- An analysis by the Native American Rights Fund of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s widely decried opinion in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation (2005) (discussed in the episode).
Access information about the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Gayogohó:nǫˀ Nation from the Tompkins County History Center here.
Find out how the Haudenosaunee Confederacy influenced U.S. constitutional democracy:
- PBS Blog, “How the Iroquois Great Law of Peace Shaped U.S. Democracy” (2018)
- PBS Learning Media, “Early Democratic Principles“
Find out how the Haudenosaunee Confederacy inspired the organizers of the first Women’s Rights convention:
- U.S. National Park Service, “How Native American Women Inspired the Women’s Rights Movement“
The U.S. National Park Service provides a brief history of the genocidal Sullivan campaign of 1779 (discussed in the episode) here.
The Scene’s theme song is “Follow Me,” by Aly-US.