State Offers Settlement to Onondaga Nation Protestors Injured by Police . . . 15 Years Ago

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New York state has agreed to pay $3 million to 98 people, mostly Native Americans, who were beaten, arrested or chased away by state troopers from a protest on Onondaga Nation territory 15 years ago.

Lawyers for the state and the people who sued over the May 18, 1997, conflict agreed to settle the case for $2.995 million, according to Terrance Hoffmann, a lawyer for half of the plaintiffs.

The settlement won’t be final until all the plaintiffs sign it, Hoffmann said. More than half have signed since the lawyers met with some of the plaintiffs May 17 at Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse, he said. Lawyers are tracking down the rest, he said. Five of the plaintiffs have died, and their survivors have agreed to the settlement, Hoffmann said.