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BIA to take another review of Oneida Nation land-into-trust

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will be taking a second look at land-into-trust applications submitted by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

The BIA agreed to place about 499 acres in trust for the tribe. The village of Hobart raised numerous challenges to the decision, most of which were rejected by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals.

But the IBIA, in a May 9 ruling, said the BIA failed to consider tax, land use and jurisdictional issues. The BIA was also told to consider whether it exhibited bias against the village, whose officials are known for their anti-Indian views.

Get the Story:
Tribe must keep paying taxes on Hobart land, at least for now, ruling says (The Green Bay Press-Gazette 5/30)

Interior Board of Appeals Decision:
Village of Hobart v. BIA (May 9, 2013)