Judge rules for Oneida Indian Nation in trust case
September 29, 2009, 2:09PM
A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Oneida Indian Nation in three related lawsuits over the nation’s request for trust land.
Judge Lawrence Kahn tossed out several key arguments made by the state, Madison and Oneida counties, the towns of Vernon and Verona, and the city of Oneida in challenging the trust land. In the decisions, Kahn ruled that:
-- The federal government has the authority to take land into trust in New York.
-- The ancient Oneida reservation still exists, and therefore Turning Stone casino is operating legally under federal law
-- The transfer of 18 acres of land in Verona from the Air Force to the Department of Interior as trust land for the Oneidas was legal.
Copies of the decisions:
State and counties suit: statecounties-decision.pdf
Vernon, Verona suit: vernonverona-decision.pdf
Oneida suit: oneidacity-decision.pdf