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Oneida Nation responds to Big Apple Fest ruling

Today, federal district court Judge William Griesbach ruled that the 1838 Treaty with the Oneida created the Oneida Reservation as lands held in common for the Oneida Nation, and that the Oneida Reservation has never been disestablished. 

Unfortunately, Judge Griesbach also ruled that the Oneida Reservation has been diminished through the allotment of reservation land under the General Allotment Act, the issuance of fee patents and sale of land to non-Indians.  While we are pleased the court rejected Hobart’s claims regarding the creation and supposed disestablishment of the Reservation, we disagree with the court’s determination that the Reservation has been diminished and are reviewing all of our options. 

The case involved Hobart’s attempt to impose its special events permit ordinance on the Nation for the annual Big Apple Fest, and the court decided that Hobart could regulate those aspects of the Big Apple Fest occurring on fee land and public roads.



5 Responses to Oneida Nation responds to Big Apple Fest ruling

Mark A. Powless Sr. says: April 9, 2019 at 3:43 pm

First of all, its a white man’s court created by the white. Do you actually think an Indian is going to get any justice! The Daws allotment Act, known as the General Allotment Act was passed into law in 1887, the law introduced and created by Congressman Daws. The law was created to legally steal Indian lands, nation wide the tribes lost 99 million acers of land through this Act. The courts legitimized the theft Indian Lands. So what does that tell you. When you go to court you have to out smart the white man, but when you do the white man changes the law!!

Reggie says: April 16, 2019 at 9:19 pm

Just Hobart trying to get whatever they can out of the Tribe and to make things difficult ,like always. maybe we shouldn’t even have the event, Don’t pay those prejudice haters one dime! I would rather get a sharp stick in the eye then deal with Hobart! They are a bunch losers that have nothing better to do then try and waste our time and money. that’s the real Hobart community and time and time again they prove that. I HATE Hobart!!!!!


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