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Oneida Indian Nation

The Oneida Nation or Oneida Indian Nation (OIN) is a federally recognized tribe of Oneida people in the United States. The tribe is headquartered in New York, where the tribe originated and held its historic territory long before European colonialism. It is an Iroquoian-speaking people, and one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, or Haudenosaunee. Three other federally recognized Oneida tribes operate in locations where they migrated and were removed to during and after the American Revolutionary War: one in Wisconsin in the United States, and two in Ontario, Canada.

Oneida Indian Nation
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Oneida Indian Nation of New York Tribal Seal
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Onyota'aka, English, other Iroquoian languages
Related ethnic groups
Other Oneida people, Seneca Nation, Onondaga Nation, Tuscarora Nation, Mohawk Nation, Cayuga Nation, other Iroquoian peoples

Today the Oneida Indian Nation owns tribal land in Verona, Oneida, and Canastota, New York, on which it operates a number of businesses. These include a resort with a Class III gambling casino.

Since the late 20th century, the OIN has been a party to land claim suits against the state of New York for treaties and purchases it made after the American Revolutionary War without ratification by the United States Senate, as required under the US Constitution. Litigation has been complex, related to trust lands, property, and collection of sales taxes. A landmark agreement entered into on May 16, 2013 with the state resolved this and many other issues.



The tribe is headquartered in Verona, New York, and the Nation Representative is Ray Halbritter.[1] He has been the leader recognized by the United States government since 1993.[2]


The tribal council of the Oneida Indian Nation has established the rules for citizenship:[citation needed] it requires documentation of at least 1/4 blood ancestry (equivalent to one grandparent) through the maternal line. The Oneida and other Iroquois nations have had a matrilineal kinship system, with descent and inheritance through the mother's line.



The Oneida Indian Nation has three active clans: the Turtle, Wolf, and Bear clans. Each Nation member belongs to one of these clans. A child is considered born into the mother's clan, and takes social status from her people.

Legend has it that clan names and the matrilineal kinship system came from a response to issues that arose during the Haudenosaunee mourning process. Prior to clans being created, the entire Oneida village would mourn after the death of a village member. This caused problems as important decisions were put on hold during the time of mourning. Village leaders were at a loss as to how to continue everyday life while at the same time observing traditional mourning practices. A young village member approached the leaders with a possible solution. He suggested sending three female elders to the nearby river, having them build a fire, and spend the night. At first light the following morning the women were to pray to the Creator and take notice of the first animal that approached the river. Once the women had seen an animal, they were to report back to the village leaders. The elders put the young man’s plan into action. Three women were sent to the river. Upon their return one woman reported that she had seen a turtle at the edge of the river. The second woman reported seeing a wolf running along the river. The third woman stated that she had seen a bear feeding in the river along the rocks. Following the reports of the women, village leaders named the Oneida clans the Turtle, Wolf and Bear clans. They determined that a village member’s clan would be passed through the mother's line from generation to generation, as women have the Creator’s gift to create life. The Oneida Nation is still a matrilineal kinship society. After the clans were established, the people developed their practices for a mourning process. When there was a death in the village, the clan members of that person would mourn. The members of a second clan would console them, and the members of the third clan would carry on village business as usual.[citation needed]


The Haudenosaunee people are made up of several Nations. Among these nations are kinship groups called clans. While Nation members have their immediate family of parents and siblings, they also have an extended family of fellow Clan members. As a matrilineal society, each clan member is born into their clan by their mother. The three Oneida Nation clans are named after animals, the turtle, wolf, and bear. Each animal is considered to have certain positive characteristics or attributes. The turtle teaches patience, as well as the importance of never giving up. Turtles are also seen to be representative of strength and solidarity. They are thought to be old and wise, and are well respected. The wolf teaches the importance of using your ears, listening and being watchful. They embody a strong sense of family. Finally, the bear is seen as gentle and strong. Bears are seen as having strength in knowing that takes more strength not to raise your hand and strike, than to give into the impulse to strike.[citation needed]


The tribe set up Oneida Nation Enterprises, through which it operates a number of businesses in Central New York. As of 2013, it was the largest employer of the area, with approximately 5,000 jobs total.[3] Business interests include:

Bingo and gasolineEdit

In the early 1990s, the Oneida tribe opened a bingo hall. Ray Halbritter (Oneida), opened a gas station known as SavOn across the street. The cheaper gasoline made the gas station popular among the community.

Eventually the Oneida Indian Nation bought SavOn and expanded it into multiple locations within the area. Today SavOn (or SāvOn) is a chain of gas stations and convenience stores in Oneida and Madison counties, owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation.

Turning Stone Casino & ResortEdit

The tribe's most profitable business is the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, which has been expanding continuously since its opening in 1993. Begun as a bingo hall, it has been developed as a large, Class III gaming facility and resort.[4] The entertainment site includes nationally ranked hotels and restaurants. Many shows are performed throughout the year. The resort is the host for a fall Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) tournament. Some parties have challenged the tribal-state gaming compact between the Oneida Indian Nation of New York and the state.[5]

Other business venturesEdit

The Oneida Indian Nation has purchased a marina on the south-eastern shore of Oneida Lake and many plots of land in the area.

The Indian Country Media Network (ICMN) was owned by the Oneida Nation of New York until 2017; it included the Indian Country Today online newspaper. That year the Oneida donated the news organization's assets to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).[6] The NCAI has continued to publish Indian Country Today online.

Tax issuesEdit

Disputes have arisen with the state over the Oneida Nation's economic advantage of operating the Class III gaming facility without having to collect or pay state taxes on retail sales at the resort. (The tribe does pay a portion of the revenues to the state under the gaming compact, essentially in lieu of taxes.)

Vernon Downs opened a casino to try to compete with Turning Stone. It is heavily taxed under state law. Downs struggles to operate and, in late 2007, many of his original investors pulled out of the venture. The Upstate Citizens for Equality and supporters attribute his failure to the OIN being able to operate its casino tax free.

OIN supporters attribute Downs' troubles to the state collecting a total of 54% of the revenue in taxes, making profitability difficult. In early 2008, the director Steve Gural closed down the racino at Vernon Downs for three days.[7] He was trying to make the state decrease its rate of taxation of the facility, to enable it to be more profitable.[8] This period of closure cost the state approximately $1.5 million in lost tax revenues. (The state has earmarked revenues from gambling for education, which was part of the original campaign to have voters approve the state's authorization of gaming activities.)[8] Many argue that the state should not call this "lost revenue." Building the track created the revenue; without the track, there would be no revenue. The track was facing insolvency.

Before the recent[when?] conflict among the Indian Nation, UCE, state, and county officials, the Indian Nation donated millions of dollars to local school districts through its Silver Covenant Chain of Education Grants Program. The Nation has discontinued that program since the legal challenges have been mounted to its casino operations.

Oneida land claimEdit

Land claim litigationEdit

In 1970 and 1974, the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and the Oneida Nation of the Thames (Canada) filed lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York; they alleged that the reservation land granted to them by a treaty between the Oneida Indian Nation of New York and New York State was taken from the Oneida people (from their historic territory) and the treaty was never ratified by the Senate, making it unconstitutional. The state did not have authority under the US Constitution to deal directly with the Indian nations. The Oneida said that they still legally owned the lands in question.

In 1970, the Oneida filed a "test" case in federal court, suing Oneida and Madison counties for two years' rent (1968-1969) on county-owned acreage; the rent amounted to $16,694. They said that, as the original action by the state was unconstitutional, they still owned the land and were owed rent by the counties. The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York dismissed the action, and the Oneida appealed. On July 12, 1972, the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s decision.[9] The OIN petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to grant cert. In Oneida Indian Nation v. County of Oneida (1974), the Supreme Court decided in favor of the Oneida Indian Nation.[10]

On July 12, 1977, on remand to the District Court with Judge Edmund Port presiding, the Court sided with the Oneida. The counties appealed to the Second Circuit, which affirmed Judge Port's decision. The counties had argued the OIN did not have standing for its claim, and the claim was too old and should not be considered.[11] The counties petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of cert., which the court granted.

On March 4, 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court opined in favor of the Oneida in a 5 to 4 vote.[12] The Court opined three principles"

  • that the Oneida had a common-law right to sue in federal courts;
  • that such claims were justiciable; and
  • there was no state or federal statute of limitations that would bar such claims. The majority opinion includes the following footnote:

"The question whether equitable considerations should limit the relief available to the present day Oneida Indians was not addressed by the Court of Appeals or presented to this Court by petitioners. Accordingly, we express no opinion as to whether other considerations may be relevant to the final disposition of this case should Congress not exercise its authority to resolve these far-reaching Indian claims."

Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in his dissent:

"This decision upsets long-settled expectations in the ownership of real property in the Counties of Oneida and Madison, New York, and the disruption it is sure to cause will confirm the common law wisdom that ancient claims are best left in repose. The Court, no doubt, believes that it is undoing a grave historical injustice, but in so doing it has caused another, which only Congress may now rectify."

In 1998, the United States Department of Justice intervened in the lawsuits on the plaintiff's behalf in order for the claim to proceed against New York State because the state asserted its immunity under the 11th Amendment.[13] Based on City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation and Cayuga Indian Nation v New York'', the Defendants moved for summary judgment.[14] On May 21, 2007, Judge Kahn dismissed the Oneida' possessory land claims and allowed the non-possessory claims to proceed.[15]

Both parties appealed Judge Kahn's decision. In a decision dated August 9, 2010, the Second Circuit opined that the non-possessory claims could not proceed and remanded the case back to the district court to enter a judgement in favor of the State and Counties.[16] The Oneida plan to appeal to the US Supreme Court.[17]

Status of former tribal lands re-acquired on the open marketEdit

Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman, Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani speaks with attendees of the Oneida Indian Nation veterans recognition ceremony in Verona, N.Y, November 4, 2006

The Oneida Indian Nation has purchased lands which had been part of its historic reservation, as established by treaty with New York State. These had later been sold to the state and subsequently to non-Indians. For some time, the OIN and the state believed that the OIN's purchase of the land restored the property to its status as Indian Territory under Oneida possession.

State law prohibits Class III gaming facilities. The OIN developed its resort and casino on what was understood to be its federal reservation, where that action was authorized under tribal sovereignty.

The city of Sherrill challenged the OIN by trying to collect property taxes on the land the tribe bought in that jurisdiction, where it developed its casino. In City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation (2005), which went to the US Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg determined that the land the casino is on was part of the Oneida original tribal lands.[18] But, she said that, although the land may be part of an ancient reservation land grant, as the Oneida Nation had not controlled it for more than 200 years, during which time it was non-Indian territory, the tribe could not re-establish its immunity (from state law) over those lands.

To "re-establish sovereign authority" over ancient tribal lands which the Oneida had re-acquired on the open market, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the "proper avenue" for the Oneida Indian Nation was through § 465 of the Indian Reorganization Act. It needed to apply to the Department of the Interior to place the disputed lands into federal trust.[19]

Comments on the court decision varied. The issue in Sherrill was whether the city could levy property taxes on OIN's re-acquired tribal lands. The US Supreme Court determined that the City of Sherrill could levy property taxes. But the court failed to overturn the Second Circuit's finding that the land qualified as Indian Territory.

OIN supporters argue that Sherrill stands only to say that the OIN cannot re-instate its tax immunity, but that the land is Indian Land. UCE and its supporters disagreed; they counter that the Sherrill ruling provided a blanket approval for the jurisdictions to foreclose on all OIN property that owe back taxes. Some UCE members interpreted the ruling as making the OIN casino operation illegal under state law. They speculate that it should be closed until the state and the tribe reach a new agreement on gaming.

In April 2005, the Oneida Indian Nation applied to the Department of Interior to have this land taken into federal trust on its behalf. By letter dated June 10, 2005, Associate Deputy Secretary Cason advised Ray Halbritter, the tribe's lead on this issue, of its position:

"Department of Interior’s ("DOI") position with respect to certain issues related to the status of OIN lands ... we do not agree with [the] assertion that the Court’s ruling in Sherrill recognizes the continuation of restriction on alienation protections over recently re-acquired lands ... it is our opinion that Court in City of Sherrill unmistakably held that the lands at issue (property interests purchased by OIN on the open market) are subject to real property taxes. In the event these taxes are not paid, we believe such lands are subject to foreclosure. Further, please be advised that the BIA is in the process of taking appropriate action to clarify that its recordation of OIN deeds does not have the legal effect of designating these lands as restricted against alienation pursuant to 25 USC 177."[20]

In order to accept the lands as federal trust property, the BIA had to prepare an environmental assessment of the action. On February 27, 2008, the BIA released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on taking the lands in question into trust on behalf of the Oneida. It recommended that 13,084 acres (52.95 km2) be placed into trust. After this announcement, the DOI gave a 30-day comment period and announced that it would have a decision on or after March 25, 2008.[21]

Some government officials expressed concern about creating a "patchwork of taxable and tax-exempt properties," making a "jurisdictional nightmare." However, a recent sting operation conducted in conjunction with Oneida Nation Police and the Oneida County Sheriff disproves this argument.[22]

In opposing the OIN's land-into-trust application, New York State raised the question of whether the Indian Reorganization Act applies to the OIN, as the OIN had rejected reorganizing according to its rules, by a vote of 12 to 57 on June 17, 1936.[23] According to the letter from Richard Platkin, Counsel to the Governor, to Franklin Keel, citing Michael T. Smith's Memorandum to Director, Office of Indian Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, dated February 24, 1982, "the Oneida were considered not eligible, but in a reconsideration based on the discussion in the case of 'US v Boylan', the Department of Interior changed its position and conducted the referendum."[24]

The OIN have noted that, as early as 1910, they have been a federally recognized tribe.[25] The OIN is part of the original Oneida tribe that was party to the 1794 Treaty of Canadaigua. In unrelated cases involving other Indian tribes and whether the IRA applied to them, the BIA issued a ruling that the fact that a tribe conducted a vote related to reorganizing under the IRA, was sufficient to establish that an Indian Tribe was under federal jurisdiction in 1934.[26] A 1980 BIA memorandum determined that the phrase "recognized tribe now under federal jurisdiction" includes tribes that existed in 1934 and had a continuing course of dealing with the United State or some other legal obligation.[8] To this day, the United States honors its legal obligations to the OIN under the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua.[27] Any flawed claim that the OIN is not a federally recognized tribe was unequivocally debunked in the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in 2016, where the Court affirmed, inter alia, that the OIN is an Indian Tribe within the meaning of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. Upstate Citizens for Equality v. United States, No. 15-1688 (2d Cir. 2016).

On December 23, 2013, the BIA issued an amendment to its 2008 record of decision, accepting 13,082 acres into federal trust. In that amendment, the BIA unequivocally determined that the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 is applicable to the OIN not only by virtue of the vote held, but also by the Boylan litigation, the 1794 Treaty of Canadaigua, and the historical record.[28] As noted below, New York State, and Oneida and Madison Counties have agreed to this decision's validity and discontinued any legal challenge, in perpetuity.

On March 2008, County Executive Anthony Picente held a public meeting to discuss the possibility of negotiating a settlement before the March 25 deadline.[29] Congressman Arcuri tried to stall the decision by seeking to block such a settlement through legislation.[30][31] While criticized by both sides for killing any progress made between the two sides, Arcuri said he wanted to encourage negotiations.[31]

On January 2008, Halbritter sent a proposed settlement offer to the state and the county, but did not receive a response before DOI announced its decision. The OIN offered to negotiate an agreement pertaining to future trust applications, but the state and local governments have not responded.[8]

On May 20, 2008, the DOI announced that it would take 13,004 acres (52.63 km2) into trust.[32] The OIN offered to negotiate and settle the issues involved, while the state and county officials promised continued litigation.

On or about June 17, 2008, two groups filed separate lawsuits in federal court challenging the DOI's decision.;[33][34][35] UCE's suit challenges the DOI's authority to take the land into trust under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, alleging that this trust decision violates the United States Constitution.[8] The other group alleges that the DOI's decision was arbitrary and capricious because some of the trust land is subject to outstanding litigation between the group and the OIN.[8]

On June 19, 2008 (the deadline to file suit), New York State, Oneida and Madison counties filed their suits in federal court.[36] The state and county governments' arguments are similar to those of UCE. The opposing parties allege that the DOI's decision violates the United States constitution and that the DOI's decision was arbitrary.[8]

By letter dated January 7, 2009, Steven Miskinis, Esq. of the U.S. Department of Justice notified the Court (in which the above-mentioned challenges to the May 20, 2008 determination are pending) that the U.S. has taken 18 acres (73,000 m2) of land known as the former United States Air Force Space Command Complex at the Verona Research Facility, Germany Road, Verona, New York into trust for the OIN.[37] Two days later, the Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York objected to this action. He requested an expedited conference and asked that the United States voluntarily refrain from any further efforts to transfer land into trust for the Nation.[38] Judge Kahn dismissed UCE's complaint, including the failed theory that the IRA is unconstitutional, on the basis of longstanding and settled law on this issue.[39]

On May 16, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Becker, and Oneida Indian Nation leader Ray Halbritter announced a deal that settles all of their differences. Before the deal is effective, the majority of each government's legislative branches must approve it.

The most controversial issues that the deal resolves are as follows: 1. The Oneida will pay 25% of its profits from its new slot machines to the state; 2. The State agrees to allow a maximum of 25,000 acres to be placed into federal trust; 3. The Oneida will have exclusive gaming rights within a 10-county region; 4. All pending litigation will be withdrawn; and 5. The Oneida will charge its own sales tax on cigarettes and gas sales made to non-Indian purchasers, to be paid to the state. Of the 25% revenue that the state will receive, it will give half to the governments of Oneida and Madison counties.[40][41]

Washington RedskinsEdit

In 2013, the OIN renewed a campaign to compel the Washington Redskins to change their team name and mascot.[42] The OIN leader Halbritter launched the website "Change the Mascot."[43] In 2014-2015 there was new publicity related to this national campaign, with other Native American tribes participating.


The Oneida Indian Nation has both internal and external opposition. Internally, members of the Wolf Clan in particular protest Halbritter's assumption of power and dissolving of the traditional Oneida government, which was based on hereditary leaders for life.[44]

Internal governance issuesEdit

Shenandoah v. United States DOI, 159 F.3d 708, (2d Cir. 1998) was a lawsuit that challenged the legitimacy and authority of Ray Halbritter to act on behalf of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. Specifically,

"In 1977, members of the Oneida Nation appointed Halbritter and two other Nation members as interim representatives of the Nation. On April 25, 1993, the Grand Council, consisting of representatives from all six Iroquois nations, including the Oneida Nation, purported to remove Halbritter from his position as interim Nation representative. The Department [of Interior] acknowledged the removal on August 10, 1993, but the next day stayed its acknowledgment pending BIA review. After requesting the Nation to conduct a referendum to select a representative, the Department agreed to Halbritter's proposal to submit "statements of support" from Nation members. On February 4, 1994, the Department notified Halbritter that it would continue to recognize him as the Nation's permanent representative until such time as he resigned or was removed by the Nation in accordance with certain procedures. According to plaintiffs, on May 21, 1995, the Nation once again removed Halbritter from his position as Oneida representative. Although informed of Halbritter's alleged second removal, the Department had not acted upon that notification by the time of oral argument, and as of the time of this opinion, we have received no information to the contrary."

The district court granted the defendants' motions to dismiss both the non-habeas and habeas claims of the plaintiffs. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the district court.[45]

External issuesEdit

External opposition comes from organizations such as Upstate Citizens for Equality (UCE), a group that opposes Haudenosaunee land claims in upstate New York. It also opposes the Oneida Nation being able to operate its enterprises tax-free on land which sovereign status it continues to dispute.[46]

Tax issuesEdit

The Oneida Indian Nation and other parties believed operations on property it controlled were tax free. City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation, 544 US 197 (2005).

The Oneida Indian Nation has asserted that it made up for this lack of land tax by donating to local schools in amounts that exceed the taxes which the county would normally receive from the land plots, in a program known as the Silver Covenant Chain Education Grants.[47] In recent years, due to the increased tensions between the local governments, the state government, and the Oneida Indian Nation, it has decreased or stopped the donations.

Stockbridge Valley School has several Oneida children as students, but the Nation has discontinued grants to the school because it disapproves of the views of one teacher.[48] In late fall 2003, a representative of the Nation contacted the Stockbridge Valley Community School District and advised that it would not make the Silver Covenant unless a particular teaching assistant was fired.[49]

Cayuga Indian Nation of New York v Gould, 14 NY3d 614 [2010] is a case brought on the issue of whether federally recognized Indian Tribes, such as the Oneida, have to collect state sales taxes from retail sales to non-Indian consumers made within their reservation. According to the Court of Appeals in Gould, the Indian Tribe is not subject to State tax law. For purposes of the State Tax Law, the Nation's retail operations on its lands, even if reacquired on the open market, are not subject to state tax law.

"Yellow Brick Road" CasinoEdit

In June 2015, the OIN opened a casino based on themes from the popular book and film, The Wizard of Oz, indirectly honoring writer L. Frank Baum, who was from Central New York.[50] Other Native Americans have criticized this choice, as Baum was noted for supporting genocide against the Sioux Nation.[51][52][53][54]The Washington Post noted that their choice was a problem, as the Oneida have led the effort to force the Washington Redskins to change their name by dropping the derogatory reference to Native Americans.[55]

Potential pact between Oneida County and the Oneida in 2009Edit

On May 8, 2009, Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive, announced a pact between Oneida County and the Oneida Indian Nation.[56] The Oneida County Board of Legislators and the State legislature would have had to approve this pact within the next 60 days. If this pact had been approved, the Oneida would have paid $55 million to Oneida County over the next 10 years, beginning with a $30 million lump sum payment the same year. Additionally, the Oneida would have made make Silver Covenant Grants for the next five years, in order to apply for more trust land without county opposition. In return for this, the county would have agreed to drop its lawsuits and satisfy all pending tax lien and tax foreclosure proceedings. The Oneida would have agreed to impose a sales tax on all businesses situated on Oneida Indian Nation lands equal to Oneida County's sales tax rate. This Nation sales tax would have been imposed on all non-Indian patrons as well as tribal members.[57]

The pact would have required the Oneida County Sheriff and the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department to negotiate a law enforcement pact to settle questions of jurisdictional authority and operations[8] On May 27, 2009, the County Board of Legislators rejected the proposed pact, citing many reasons for rejecting the proposed agreement.

2013 agreement between the Oneida and state and local governmentEdit

On May 16, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Oneida Indian Nation reached a settlement agreement between the state, and Oneida and Madison counties. The agreement resolved multiple legal issues between the parties.[58] Pursuant to the agreement, the Oneida would pay 25% of its revenue to the State, a quarter of which is paid to Oneida County. These monies are to offset any property and sales taxes the Counties would otherwise receive if the property remained on the tax rolls. The State and Madison and Oneida counties agree to withdraw their objections to the OIN's land-trust application, with a cap of 25,000 acres that can be transferred to the federal government. The Oneida will have a 10-county (Oneida, Madison, Onondaga, Cayuga, Herkmimer, Oswego, Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, and Lewis counties) geographic gambling monopoly. The OIN will implement a sales tax system to tax products sold to non-Indians on Indian Territory, such as cigarettes. And the agreement would terminate all related litigation between the OIN, the state, and Madison and Oneida Counties. This agreement required the State Legislature, the Oneida County and Madison County Boards of Legislators, the US Department of the Interior, and the Judiciary to ratify this agreement.

On May 28, 2013, the Oneida County Board of Legilators approved the agreement in a 16-13 vote.[59] On May 29, 2013, New York State, through Governor Cuomo, signed the agreement. On May 30, 2013, the Madison County Board of Supervisors approved the agreement in a weighted vote of 847-653.[60] On January 1, 2014, the US Department of the Interior approved of the agreement. On June 22, 2013, both the state Senate (48-11) and the state Assembly (83-44) approved the agreement. The final entity to approve the agreement was the Judiciary. On March 4, 2014, US District Court Judge Kahn approved the settlement agreement. On September 4, 2014, the 13000 acres of OIN real property was formally transferred into US trust.

On August 19, 2013, the Towns of Vernon and Verona jointly filed a lawsuit to oppose the ratified settlement, citing a violation of their freedom of speech and equal protection. On October 30, 2013, US District Court Judge Kahn remanded the lawsuit to the state court system because the towns lacked standing. On June 27, 2014, Albany County Supreme Court denied and dismissed the lawsuit.[61]

On May 27, 2014 the Sherill City Commission voted 3-1 to accept $160,000 annually from Oneida County, in exchange for the current commission and future commissions waiving their right to challenge the settlement. On May 29, 2014, the Vernon Village Board unanimously agreed to receive annual payments of $60,000 from Oneida County in exchange for the current board and future boards waiving their right to challenge the settlement. On June 7, 2014, the Town of Augusta accepted an agreement with Oneida County. By a 3-1 vote, the town will receive $107,500 a year as compensation for lost property tax revenue based on OIN trust lands.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tribal Directory", National Congress of American Indians. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ Sabar, Ariel. "The Anti-Redskin". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  3. ^ (1) Oneida Nation Enterprises website. Accessed: September 3, 2013.
    (2) Vargas, Theresa; Shin, Annys (November 16, 2013). "Oneida Indian Nation is the tiny tribe taking on the NFL and Dan Snyder over Redskins name". Local. The Washington Post. Archived from the original on January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Class III gaming is the broadest class of gambling under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).
  5. ^ For more information on these challenges see the Turning Stone Casino & Resort page.
  6. ^ "Oneida Nation to Donate Indian Country Today Media Network Assets to NCAI". Indian Country Media Network. 2017-10-04. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  7. ^ ""Vernon Downs Racino To Close"], Utica OD; [ "Vernon Downs Racino Back On Track"". Retrieved 2 September 2018. External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Id.
  9. ^ 464 F2d 916
  10. ^ 414 US 661 [1974]
  11. ^ 719 F2d 525 [1983]
  12. ^ County of Oneida v Oneida Indian Nation, 470 US 226 (1985)
  13. ^ [1] Archived November 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ UCE motion, Upstate Citizens for Equality (UCE)
  15. ^ Judge Kahn's decision, Upstate Citizens for Equality
  16. ^ "Second Circuit decision" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Oneidas to Appeal Claim Decision", Upstate Citizens for Equality
  18. ^ 544 US 197 [2005]
  19. ^ City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation, 544 US 197, 217-221 [2005]
  20. ^ "James E. Cason Letter, June 10, 2005" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  21. ^ Final Environmental Impact Statement, Oneida Nation Trust
  22. ^ Prostitution Sting At Turning Stone Nets Three, Utica OD
  23. ^ "Letter from Richard Platkin, Counsel to the Governor, to Franklin Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Letter from Richard Platkin, Counsel to the Governor, to Franklin Keel, Regional Director, Eastern Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  25. ^ "Archival roll of Indian Census Rolls, 1850-1940" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-10-09., pg 16
  26. ^ "M37029 The meaning of "under federal jurisdiction" for purposes of the Indian Reorganization Act" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  27. ^ "Treaty of Canadaigua and the Oneida Annuity Payments" (PDF). 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  28. ^ "Notice Of Filing Of Amendment To The May 20, 2008 Record Of Decision For Oneida Indian Nation Of New York Fee-To-Trust Request" (PDF). 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  29. ^ Picente Seeks Compromise with Oneidas; for a copy of the transcript of that hearing, FOIL it from Oneida County Government page
  30. ^ "Arcuri Attempts to Stall Decision". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  31. ^ a b "Nation Spokesman Says Arcuri's 'Secret' Legislation Is Discriminatory, Immoral", United Citizens for Equality
  32. ^ "DOI Decision" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  33. ^ "2 Suits Filed Opposing Land Into Trust Decision", UCE
  34. ^ Article re: suit , UCE
  35. ^ Copy of complaint: UCE, et al. v. United States, UCE
  36. ^ "State, counties file land-into-trust suit", UCE
  37. ^ [2]
  38. ^ "Transfer memo" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  39. ^ "Judge dismisses citizen-group's claims" Archived 2013-02-05 at, Utica OD
  40. ^ "Oneidas, State, and counties reach a revenue sharing deal", Utica OD
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