Oneida Nation not worried about land-into-trust
The Oneida Nation of New York says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar won't affect its land-into-trust applications.

The tribe said it has been recognized for more than 200 years, citing the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua and the annual delivery of treaty cloth from the U.S. "In any event, the Supreme Court was very clear in the Sherrill decision that trust land is available and appropriate for the Oneida Nation, and this decision obviously does not change the Supreme Court’s direction," the tribe said in a statement.

The tribe is waiting on the Bureau of Indian Affairs to decide whether to acquire up to 17,000 acres in trust. Opponents say the tribe opted out of theIndian Reorganization Act of 1934 and can't benefit from the land-into-trust process.

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Oneidas, opponents differ on Supreme Court ruling (AP 2/24)
Oneidas react to Supreme Court ruling (News 10 Now 2/24)

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