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Letter: Sen. Obama's Indian policy divides country
Monday, October 27, 2008
Filed Under: Opinion

"On Sept. 3, the Oneida Tribe of Indians sent letters to the town of Pittsfield, and the cities of De Pere and Green Bay, concerning the tribe's application to remove land from within their jurisdictions and from their tax rolls. This is all off-reservation land, that is, land not located within the boundaries of the old historic Oneida Reservation. As a result, Pittsfield is at risk of losing $4.5 million worth of property; De Pere, $1.8 million; and Green Bay a much smaller $155,000.

Last month the tribe applied to remove $1.3 million of property in Ashwaubenon; that is also off-reservation land. This will surely affect all Brown County taxpayers for years to come. Where will this end?

This is important information to take with you when you go to the polls. Obama-Biden has promised tribal governments across the country more federal financial government help, and promised to strengthen the tribal court jurisdiction over crimes occurring within reservation boarders, regardless whether it's a Native American or a non-Native American being arrested."

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