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Cayuga Nation Sues Counties for Denying Access to Emergency 911 System

Cayuga Nation filed a federal lawsuit federal lawsuit last week against two neighboring counties for refusing to transmit emergency 911 calls to the Nation’s police department, violating the tribe’s rights under federal law.

The Cayuga Nation Reservation spans 64,000 acres in central New York state. According to the latest Census Data, approximately 2,500 people reside within its boundaries. The Cayuga Nation Police Department (CNPD) was established in 2018. Today, it has 20 officers and is led by Colonel Mark Lincoln, a former member of the New York State Police.

The Nation’s police department has concurrent jurisdiction under federal law over crimes committed by Native Americans — meaning they can try.


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