Oneida and Madison Counties submit arguments to seize Oneida Nation land

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. - Oneida and Madison Counties have submitted arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court to try and seize certain property owned by the Oneida Indian Nation.

According to Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that land bought by the Oneidas in the City of Sherrill was not sovereign and thus subject to taxes.

Since then, most of the nation's land, including the Turning Stone properties, have been put into a trust, and is not taxable.

The remaining land is at issue. The counties are trying to either get the taxes that are owed or to take the land.

The U.S. Supreme Court should hear the case sometime next spring while a decision could come as early as June.

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