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Oneida Nation not invited to land claim hearings

The Oneida Nation of New York has not been invited to testify about its opposition to Gov. George Pataki's land claim settlements.

The tribe opposes Pataki's deals with out-of-state tribes. The tribe also says the 250,000 acre Oneida land claim can't be settled without its consent. Pataki made a deal with the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin instead.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are holding six hearings on Pataki's bill to settle five land claims. The first is being held in Albany on Monday and includes witnesses for and against the plan, a spokesperson for a Republican lawmaker said.

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