It was of interest, as well, because state law allows St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police to make arrests only on the reservation, but its boundaries have been in question for generations and are part of a land-claims lawsuit dating back 32 years.
Akwesasne Mohawks claim New York state illegally sold off portions of the reservation hundreds of years ago without congressional approval and have been attempting to get that disputed land returned.
Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, tribal officials and officials in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties began discussions to settle the land-claims suit.
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