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BIA readies report on Oneida Nation land-into-trust


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is preparing a report on the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust application.

The BIA circulated a 1,000-page "pre-draft" environmental report to officials in upstate New York. The state and local governments have until today to submit their response.

The Oneida Nation also has the chance to submit comments. A tribal spokesperson said a response will be sent to the BIA today.

The tribe has purchased more than 17,000 acres of its original 250,000-acre reservation. The land was treated as Indian Country until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the tribe must go through the land-into-trust process.

Get the Story:
Response to land trust study due (The Syracuse Post-Standard 9/29)

Cayuga Land Claim Decision:
Cayuga Nation v. New York (June 28, 2005)

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

Relevant Links:
Indian Nation Fee-to-Trust Land Acquisition Applications in New York State - http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ogc/lands.html

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