Oneida Nation Responds to Successful Second Circuit Court Ruling
Court Denies Motion for Rehearing on Status of Oneida Reservation
The Oneida Indian Nation released the following statement in response to a ruling by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of appeals denying Madison and Oneida Counties’ efforts to disestablish the Oneida Nation reservation:
"We are pleased that today's ruling puts an end to legal challenges to the status of the Oneida reservation. This ruling is good news for Oneida members, our more than 4,500 employees and their families, and for the entire Central New York region. This decision allows everyone to finally move beyond the conflicts of the past and chart a new, more prosperous path for the future.”
This Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling falls in line with two previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings that the Oneida Nation reservation was never disestablished and that the Treaty of Canandaigua still remains valid in the eyes of the federal government. This ruling puts an end to more than a decade of litigation over the existence of the Oneida reservation.
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