HCCC, taxes and lands… a group of students may lead them

About a decade ago the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) decided to start buying back lands lost over the years to development. So far they have bought back eight different properties spreading over three counties. Some of the properties have buildings on them,houses or farms. Others are empty lands. Eight properties that would amount to over $2 million at the least. No taxes have ever been paid on the properties. Their argument is simple. The lands were stolen, never ceded so why pay taxes on their own lands. One could argue then why pay for them at all? But we’ve seen that argument play out now at two major development sites on the outskirts of Caledonia and despite the claim to taking “peaceful measures” we have all seen the repercussions…

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