March 29, 2005

Supreme Court decision limits potential impact of Onondaga claim

The New York Times (registration required) reports that the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 today to overturn the decision of two lower courts and rule that the Oneida Nation cannot buy land outside of its reservation and treat it as having sovereign tax-free status.

While the ruling (135KB PDF) doesn't have any direct impact on the Onondaga Nation land claim which includes a part of Dryden, it does remove one set of concerns I've heard voiced, that a successful claim would allow the Onondagas to buy land and take it off the tax rolls.

Update: NYCO's blog has more on the decision, largely questioning it.

Posted by simon at March 29, 2005 9:36 PM in
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