In a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this morning, the Oneida Indian Nation was denied an appeal involving a lawsuit filed decades ago.
The Court opted not to weigh in on the land claim case that now leaves a federal appeals court ruling that threw out the Oneidas’ land claim in place.
“This morning’s determination does not change the Oneida Indian Nation’s litigation strategy. The federal courts have ruled that the Oneida Nation reservation remains intact and that the Oneida Nation owes no taxes on its reservation,” said Mark F. Emery, director of media relations for Oneida Indian Nation. “ The Department of Interior has determined that more than 13,000 acres of the Nation’s re-acquired homelands should be transferred into trust. The Oneida Nation will continue the course of transferring its lands into trust while remaining open to discussing a resolution with any party that wishes to participate with respect and in good faith.”