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Tuscarora Nation of New York

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A Tuscarora reservation man must continue his fight against the federal government from home for the next six months after being sentenced in federal court. A jury convicted Douglas Anderson, 48, of extortion in May for sending a letter to a Syracuse lawyer, threatening to blow up the man's car if he drove onto territory of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. He was sentenced Sept. 22 to three years probation, with six months in home confinement. He must undergo drug and alcohol testing and stay away from the man he threatened. Anderson is part of a faction critical of Iroquois leaders. It claims to be fighting for better conditions for Native nations it says are being subjected to toxic chemicals, poor living conditions and disrespect by the United States, the Lockport Union Sun & Journal reported Sept. 23. The man Anderson threatened, Joseph Heath, represents the Onondaga Council of Chiefs and leaders of the Iroquois Confederacy. He claimed Heath was guilty of desecrating sacred graves by permitting a salt company to excavate in Livingston County. Heath denied entering into any agreement with American Rock Salt Mining. Anderson could have been sentenced to two years in prison and fined $250,000.

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