A New Jersey-based tribe has laid claim to Manhattan in a lawsuit.
By Nina Mandell
While the lawsuit may seem unrealistic, tribe spokesperson Laura Zucker said they are confident in their case.
“Oh no, they’re going to win, there’s no question about it,” she said. “They do have a really good case, and they know it. They’re in it to win it.”
The suit claims that the tribe’s land was stolen from them through a series of fraudulent treaties that violated international treaty laws. They are seeking the “return [of] all land, water, trees, etc. encompassing the fraudulent 'Manhattan' purchase, damages, and punitive damages,” according to court documents.
By Jillian Scharr
Sand Hill Chief Ronald Holloway filed the first lawsuit in 2009 against the State of New Jersey, charging then-Governor Corzine and members of the state administration with "violation of human rights, genocide, and breaking of treaties etc." according to the press release.
On April 20, Holloway appeared before the United Nations, accusing the federal courts of "deliberate stalling," wrote Zucker. "The UN has agreed to review the case to see if it can go to the Hague," she wrote, but they have not confirmed whether or not it will go.
This week, Holloway filed a motion amending the first to include claims on Manhattan and parts of Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as New Jersey.
This story almost seems like an Onion spoof. But I found it in two sources, including the Associated Press, so it must be real.
For more on the subject, see How Mannahatta Became Manhattan and Indians Buy Manhattan for $24.