Cayuga’s Get Federal Grant for Low-Income Housiing

The federal government has given the Cayuga Indians of New York a $431,000 grant for low-income housing. The Cayuga’s received the money last week through an Indian Housing Block Grant from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tribes across the country are eligible for the money, this is the first time the Cayuga’s have applied for the funding. Cayuga Spokesman – Clint Halftown- tells the Post Standard that the money will be used to “Bring people back to the homeland”. The Cayuga’s own 195 acres of land in Seneca County and 163 acres in Cayuga County. They are trying to place that land into trust and make it sovereign and tax-free. Halftown adds that there is no designs for the housing or location yet for the low-income project. The chairman of the Cayuga County Legsilature-George Fearon-questioned why the federal government would give the tribe any money saying the Cayuga’s are not a poor tribe.

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