Seneca's explain why they call to evict non-Indians at Snyder Beach
The long-held summer-tradition of some local families may be coming to end soon.
As WBFO and AM 970's Chris Caya reports - the Seneca Nation of Indians is planning to evict non-Indians from dozens of popular cottages along Lake Erie - south of Buffalo.
If the Seneca Nation follows through on a Council plan unanimously approved in April - seasonal cottage rentals at Snyder Beach will end permanently November 8th.
The property has been in the hands of tribal members for nearly 95-years. But Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter says under federal and Indian law - no Seneca can rent land to non-Indians without Council permission. Despite claims by some critics Porter says there's nothing special about the timing of the notice.
Porter says its also a matter of reacquiring tribal land for occupancy of a growing Seneca population.
Attorney Dave McNamara who represents Snyder Beach owners John Metzger and Dan Maybee points out there's an abundance of property on the Cattaraugus Reservation. And McNamara says the nation's population is not expanding at a rate that requires the Senecas to confiscate privately owned land.
Snyder Beach owners are doing nothing illegal according to McNamara. He says the Council used to impose a fee for the cottage rentals - but ended the requirement years ago.