ALBANY (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe aimed at blocking local municipal laws and taxes on land called the Hogansburg Triangle in northern New York.
The tribe says the land, about 2,000 acres, is part of its reservation along the Canadian border under a 1796 treaty.
Judge Lawrence Kahn, in dismissing the suit filed in 2009, said today his court lacks jurisdiction over state and local building codes, licensing laws and taxes.
Kahn writes that even if he were to issue a judgment stating the 1796 reservation boundaries are still in effect, it would not satisfy the tribe's demands.
In dismissing tribal claims to about 10,000 acres of other land last month, Kahn noted census data show most triangle residents are Mohawks.