- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - State police say they’re investigating a fight that broke out between opposing factions of the Cayuga Indian Nation at a convenience store the tribe owns in the Finger Lakes region.

Local media report that the fight occurred Wednesday at the Lake Side Trading gas station in the Cayuga County village of Union Springs, 30 miles southwest of Syracuse.

A large contingent of state troopers and sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, but no arrests have been reported.

The brawl apparently involved supporters of the tribe’s Unity Council and supporters of the Cayugas’ former federally recognized leaders. In 2011, the Bureau of Indian Affairs recognized the Unity Council as the tribe’s official representatives.

The Cayuga Nation also owns Great Swamp Enterprise, a cigarette-making plant in nearby Seneca Falls.

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