Cason 'elusive' on Oneida Nation decision

Associate deputy Interior secretary Jim Cason was "very elusive" about the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust application, county officials in New York told The Syracuse Post-Standard.

Cason spoke by phone with leaders in Madison County, who oppose the tribe's request to have more than 17,000 acres placed in trust. The county says only 1,000 acres should be in trust.

Cason is considering a recommendation to place about 13,000 acres in trust. He told the county a decision will be made this month after he reviews public comments.

Get the Story:
Ruling on land trust pledged by late April (The Syracuse Post-Standard 4/4)

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

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)

From the Indianz.Com Archive:
BIA official calls high court ruling 'quite depressing' (March 31, 2005)
Major defeat for Oneida Nation in Supreme Court case (March 30, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Oneida Nation Trust -
Oneida Nation, New York -
Indian Nation Fee-to-Trust Land Acquisition Applications in New York State -
Oneida Indian Nation's Land Into Trust Application, Madison County -

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

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BIA still reviewing Oneida Nation land-into-trust (3/31)
Oneida Nation, county meet for first time in years (3/28)
Oneida Nation asks BIA for all 17,000 acres in trust (3/25)
County discusses Oneida Nation land-into-trust (03/07)
Cason to follow through on Oneida land-into-trust (2/25)
BIA to rule on Oneida trust lands request (2/22)
Cason to brief counties on Oneida land-into-trust (2/22)