- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Representatives of the Cayuga Nation Unity Council have completed an agreement with Clint Halftown and his followers.

With help from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Justice, Halftown agreed to withdraw state court litigation against Cayuga leaders and refrain from using violence, force or intimidation on Cayuga territory.

Unity Council spokesman Karl Hill calls the agreement “a good starting point for healing the rift in our Nation.”

The agreement ends Halftown’s efforts to use state courts against the tribe. It was signed as part of mediation efforts being supervised by the United States through the Department of Justice Community Relations Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Cayuga Nation’s Unity Council is Halftown’s main opposition as a governing authority of the Indian nation.

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