What is the Oneida Indian land claim dispute about?
The Federal government and the Oneida Indian Tribes have filed a lawsuit against Oneida and Madison counties alleging that property belonging to the tribes was illegally transferred to New York State under various treaties enacted during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The suit alleges that the treaties are invalid because they violated federal law. The suit was recently amended to expand the amount of land affected to more than 250,000 acres, comprising approximately 25% of Oneida County and 65% of Madison County. About 20,000 individual property owners live in the affected area.
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