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Second Circuit — Indian Tribe: Stockbridge-Munsee v. State of New York, et al.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 

Indian Tribe

Land Dispossession — Barred by Equitable Doctrines

Stockbridge-Munsee v. State of New York, et al.
13-3069
Judges Jacobs, Straub and Raggi

Background: The plaintiffs are a federally recognized Indian tribe residing on a federal Indian reservation. The plaintiffs appealed from the dismissal of its claims asserting title of a tract of land in upstate New York.

Ruling: The Second Circuit affirmed. The court held that it is well-settled that claims by an Indian tribe alleging that it was unlawfully disposed of land early in America’s history are barred by the equitable principles of laches, acquiescence and impossibility.

Don B. Miller for the appellant; Jeffrey W. Lang of the New York State Office of the Attorney General for the state defendants; David H. Tennant of Nixon Peabody for the County-Municipal Defendants