Oneida Nation seeks to renew land agreement with community

Tribal flags fly at a building on the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. Photo from Facebook

Leaders from the Oneida Nation and the city of Green Bay met to discuss a land agreement that has been in limbo for a year, The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports

The tribe wants to keep paying the city for services to its trust properties. But a dispute arose because the agreement currently bars the city from opposing the tribe's land-into-trust applications, the paper reported.

Chairwoman Tina Danforth said the tribe still wants to renew the agreement even as leaders from the village of Hobart encouraged Green Bay not to agree to the provision, the paper reported. The village has long been on the losing of disputes with the tribe but continues to fight anyway.

Between 1887 and 1934, the tribe lost its entire 65,400-acre reservation to allotment. By 1941, the tribe had set up a commission to start re-establishing its land base.

The process has been moving slowly -- by 1982, the tribe had only reacquired 2,382 acres, the Press-Gazette reported in April 2015. Efforts have picked up more recently -- as of 2013, the tribe purchased 25,042 acres within the former reservation.

A small portion of that land -- 468 acres -- is located in Green Bay. Of that amount, only 397 acres are in trust, according to the paper. But the prospect of future land-into-trust applications has some city leaders worried about taxation and jurisdiction issues, the paper said.

Get the Story:
Oneida seek to end tribal land issue with GB (The Green Bay Press-Gazette 3/16)
Hobart to Green Bay: Fight for tribal land (The Green Bay Press-Gazette 1/21)

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