Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (April 7, 2022) On Wednesday, April 6, Oneida County Executive Tony Picente delivered his annual State of the County address on Oneida Indian Nation lands. It is the first time in New York history that a County Executive delivered a State of the County address on sovereign Indian lands. It was the utmost sign of respect by Tony Picente to the Oneida people, and a reflection of the uniquely collaborative relationship between the Oneida Indian Nation and Oneida County.
The event took place in the Shenandoah Clubhouse. It began with a video highlighting how much Central New York has benefited as a result of the special relationship between the Nation and Oneida County.
Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Turning Stone Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter spoke briefly before introducing Picente and praised the county executive for his cooperation and the partnership he has built with the Nation. “Tony understands that when we all work together, the impossible becomes possible,” Halbritter said. “As the nation does well, Oneida County does well and vice versa.”