He said the tribe “believes the governor will honor his commitment to see a negotiated resolution of our land claims.”
The chief said Kahn’s ruling “does not change the fact that negotiated settlement remains in all parties’ best interest” and that the tribe would rather spend its money “on economic development that benefits the North Country than to continue litigation that, at the end of the day, benefits no one.”
LaFrance agreed, saying “we prefer a negotiated settlement to taking lands into trust” which he said is “expensive and time consuming, and while it remains an option to the tribe, would result in lands being taken without agreement of the local governments.
“We understand that this will only continue the disputes over land that we’ve all endured for hundreds of years,” he said.
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