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Oneida Code of Laws

The Oneida Constitution is the supreme law of the Oneida Nation. Under the Constitution is a Code of Laws, each of which was adopted by either the Oneida Business Committee (OBC), or General Tribal Council (GTC). The Code of Laws is below; and under each law are listed any rules that have been promulgated in furtherance of that law, and certified in accordance with the Administrative Rulemaking law.


On March 8, 2017, the Oneida Business Committee approved the Code of Laws re-organization, which re-numbered and categorized all existing laws under one of nine different titles; and which re-titled existing policies  as laws and added those former policies into the reorganized Code. (Policies were adopted in the same manner as a law and have the same force and effect as a law – this change only merged those separate policies into the Code of Laws.)

In approving the Code of Laws re-organization, the Oneida Business Committee also approved a 30-day deadline (April 7, 2017) for all entities within the Nation to update forms, brochures, citations, etc., to reflect the updated Code of Laws.

The citation to the right of each law refers to the Oneida Business Committee (BC#) or General Tribal Council (GTC#) resolution by which that law was most recently adopted or amended.
To view a comprehensive list of all Oneida Business Committee resolutions, including those that adopted, amended or repealed laws, click here.
To view a comprehensive list of all General Tribal Council resolutions, including those that adopted, amended or repealed laws, click here.

Title 1. Government & Finances


New Chapter Number

 Former Code of Laws Chapter Number   Most recent adopting OBC or GTC Resolution

Title 1.
Government & Finances

Chapter 101  1 Administrative Procedures Act BC# 2-24-16-B
Chapter 102  2 Oneida Election Law (emergency – expires 4/27/17)    BC#10-12-16-F
Chapter 103  3 Code of Ethics  BC#9-27-06-E
Chapter 104  4 Removal Law  BC#5-28-14-B
Chapter 105  Policy Comprehensive Policy Governing Boards, Committees and Commissions  BC#9-22-10-C
Chapter 106  17 Administrative Rulemaking  BC#2-24-16-C
Chapter 107  7 Open Records and Open Meetings  BC#6-25-14-B
 Chapter 108  8 Audit Law  BC#7-15-98-C
 Chapter 109  16 Legislative Procedures Act  GTC#1-07-13-A
 Chapter 110  Policy Oneida General Tribal Council Ten Day Notice Policy  BC#8-2-00-A*
Chapter 111  Policy General Tribal Council Meeting Stipend Payment Policy BC#2-13-13-E
Chapter 112  14 Sovereign Immunity BC#2-12-14-D
Chapter 113  12 Protection and Management of Archeological & Historical Resources BC#6-10-98-A
Chapter 114  82 Notary Act BC#2-25-15-C
Chapter 115  60 Tobacco BC#1-25-17-B
Chapter 116   Oneida Nation Seal and Flag BC#1-11-17-C
Chapter 121   Budget Management and Control BC#2-8-17-C
Chapter 123  9 Per Capita BC#2-22-17-D
Chapter 124  10 Membership Ordinance GTC#7-2-84-A
Chapter 125  Policy Community Support Fund BC#1-11-17-B
Chapter 126  5 Pardon and Forgiveness BC#1-22-14-B
Chapter 127  75 Cemetery Law BC#7-23-14-B
Chapter 128  Policy Oneida Nation Arts Program – Dollars For Arts Project Policies BC#9-13-00-C
Chapter 129  Policy Children’s Burial Fund Policy BC#2-10-10-B
Chapter 130  83 Hall of Fame BC#7-3-07-A
Chapter 131  84 Endowments BC#2-23-05-G

* This was adopted at a Special OBC meeting where OBC acted on behalf of General Tribal Council due to lack of quorum at a GTC meeting.

Title 2. Employment

New Chapter Number

 Former Code of Laws Chapter Number   Most recent adopting OBC or GTC Resolution

Title 2.

Chapter 202  Policy Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Policy (emergency amendments, expires 4/26/17) BC#10-26-16-F
Chapter 203  13 Oneida Worker’s Compensation Law BC#06-25-14-B
Chapter 204  58 Garnishment BC#07-27-16-B
Chapter 205  Policy Furlough Policy BC#11-10-15-B
Chapter 206  Policy Back Pay BC#10-26-16-A
Chapter 207  Policy Layoff Policy BC#09-23-98-D
Chapter 208  Policy Investigative Leave Policy BC#06-24-15-A
Chapter 209  309 Early Return to Work BC#11-13-13-A
Chapter 210  Policy Vehicle Driver Certification Policy BC#09-09-98-A
Chapter 211  Policy Employee Protection Policy BC#02-25-15-C
Chapter 212  Policy Oneida Fleet Management Policy BC#09-24-97-E
Chapter 213  97 Military Service Employee Protection Act BC#10-24-07-E
Chapter 214  Policy Oneida Policy on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect BC#4-2-97-E
Chapter 215  15 Computer Resources Ordinance BC#9-29-04-D
Chapter 216  Policy Attorney Contract Policy BC#02-25-15-C
Chapter 217   Policy Conflict of Interest BC#2-8-17-B
Chapter 218   Policy Social Media Policy BC#02-25-15-C
Chapter 219   Policy Oneida Travel and Expense Policy BC#08-06-08-B
Chapter 220   Policy Paper Reduction Policy BC#05-18-94-C
Chapter 221   Policy Oneida Early Childhood Program – Internal Investigation of Complaints BC#07-26-95-A

Title 3. Health & Public Safety

New Chapter Number

 Former Code of Laws Chapter Number   Most recent adopting OBC or GTC Resolution

 Title 3.
Health & Public Safety

Chapter 301  37 Oneida Nation Law Enforcement Ordinance BC#2-25-15-C
Chapter 302  35 Emergency Management and Homeland Security BC#2-25-15-C
Chapter 303  33 Oneida Safety Law BC#9-22-99-A
Chapter 304  34 Oneida Tribal Regulation of Domestic Animals Ordinance BC#06-22-11-G
Chapter 305  36 Oneida Food Service Code BC#2-25-15-C
Chapter 306  32 Tattooing and Body Piercing Law BC#2-25-15-C
Chapter 307  Policy Anonymous Letters Policy BC#7-19-95-A


Title 4. Environment & Natural Resources

New Chapter Number

 Former Code of Laws Chapter Number   Most recent adopting OBC or GTC Resolution

 Title 4.
Environment & Natural Resources

Chapter 401  40 Tribal Environmental Response BC#2-25-15-C
Chapter 402  41 Non-Metallic Mine Reclamation BC#8-1-07-G
Chapter 403  42 Woodcutting Ordinance BC#1-25-82-A
Chapter 404  43 Well Abandonment Law BC#8-31-94-A
Chapter 405  44 Recycling and Solid Waste Disposal BC#2-15-95-K
Chapter 406  45 Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Law BC#01-25-17-D
Chapter 407  46 On-Site Waste Disposal Ordinance BC#10-28-88-A
Chapter 408  47 Sanitation Ordinance BC#10-20-04-B
Chapter 409  48 Water Resources Ordinance BC#05-08-96-B
Chapter 410  49 All-Terrain Vehicle Law BC#06-16-04-B
Chapter 411  Policy Clean Air Policy BC#5-28-14-A


Title 5. Business

New Chapter Number

 Former Code of Laws Chapter Number   Most recent adopting OBC or GTC Resolution

Title 5.

Chapter 501  21 Oneida Nation Gaming Ordinance BC#09-09-15-A
Chapter 502  57 Indian Preference in Contracting BC#03-27-13-B
Chapter 503   Policy Independent Contractor Policy BC#02-27-13-A
Chapter 504  55 Small Business Loans BC#08-28-13-C
Chapter 505  51 Motor Vehicle Registration Law BC#04-22-15-C
Chapter 506  56 Oneida Vendor Licensing BC#10-12-16-E
Chapter 507  59 Alcohol Beverage Licensing Law BC#01-27-10-B
Chapter 509  61 Room Tax Law BC#06-12-13-C


Title 6. Property & Land


Title 6.
Property & Land

Chapter 601  67

Real Property

Chapter 602  65 Leasing Law (this law was adopted but is not effective until approved by the Secretary of the US Department of Interior)  BC#10-26-16-C
Chapter 603  66 Building Code BC#03-23-11-E
Chapter 604  68 Condominium Ordinance BC#02-25-15-C
Chapter 605  69 Zoning and Shoreland Protection BC#06-25-14-B
Chapter 606  200 Tribal Environmental Quality Review BC#12-21-05-D
Chapter 607   Policy Local Land Use Regulation Reimbursement Policy BC#02-25-15-C
Chapter 608   Policy Disposition of Excess Tribal Property Policy BC#03-05-97-C
Chapter 609  38

Public Use of Tribal Land

Chapter 610   Eviction and Termination BC#10-12-16-A
Chapter 611  

Landlord-Tenant (emergency amendments – expires 7-25-17)

Chapter 612  

Mortgage and Foreclosure



Title 7. Children, Elders & Family

 Title 7.
Children, Elders & Family

Chapter 701  71


Chapter 702  72 Divorce, Annulment and Legal Separation  BC#05-15-14-B
Chapter 703  77 Paternity BC#05-15-14-F
Chapter 704  78

Child Support

Chapter 705  79 Child Custody, Placement and Visitation  BC#05-15-14-E


Title 8. Judicial System

Title 8.
Judicial System

Chapter 801  150 Judiciary GTC#01-07-13-B
Chapter 802  152 Oneida Tribal Judiciary Canons of Judicial Conduct BC#06-11-14-B
Chapter 803  153 Oneida Judiciary Rules of Civil Procedure BC#04-25-14-A
Chapter 804  155 Oneida Judiciary Rules of Evidence BC#04-23-14-A
Chapter 805  154 Rules of Appellate Procedure BC#03-25-15-C
Chapter 806  151 Family Court BC#05-08-13-A
Chapter 807  156 Oneida Family Court Rules BC#04-09-14-E

Title 9. Education

Title 9.

Chapter 901   Policy Trust Scholarship Fund Policy BC#12-11-13-E
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