County discusses Oneida Nation land-into-trust
Lawmakers in Oneida County, New York, held a public meeting on the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust request.

According to The Oneida Dispatch, more than 100 residents and lawmakers attended the hearing At least 25 were tribal employees, who came to support the tribe's application.

"Upstate Citizens for Equality was saying that this is what they have been waiting for, a knock-down drag-out fight. They don't represent me. The Nation and the county are trying to move on with dialogue, negotiations and common sense," employee Frank Sperduto said, the paper reported.

Others, however, want the county to fight. "We've heard about how much the nation employees appreciate their jobs. Politicians who ignore the law because they are worried about jobs, are worried about their jobs," said Dave Vickers, the president of the Upstate Citizens for Equality, an anti-Indian group.

The county wanted the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take about 1,000 acres in trust for the tribe.

Get the Story:
Oneida County officials get an earful (The Oneida Dispatch 3/7)

Federal Register Notice:
Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Transfer From Fee to Trust of Parcels Owned by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York in Oneida and Madison Counties, New York (February 22, 2008)

Relevant Documents:
Final EIS (March 2008) | Draft EIS (November 2006)

From the Indianz.Com Archive:
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Major defeat for Oneida Nation in Supreme Court case (March 30, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Oneida Nation Trust - http://www.oneidanationtrust.com
Oneida Nation, New York - http://www.oneida-nation.net
Indian Nation Fee-to-Trust Land Acquisition Applications in New York State - http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/888.html
Oneida Indian Nation's Land Into Trust Application, Madison County - http://www.madisoncounty.org/motf/OINTrustMain.html

Sherrill v. Oneida Nation Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion [Ginsburg] | Concurrence [Souter] | Dissent [Stevens]

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