Village battles BIA over Oneida Nation's land-into-trust
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The village of Hobart, Wisconsin, is fighting a decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place land into trust for the Oneida Nation.
The village says the BIA violated internal procedures when it approved the tribe's land-into-trust application. “We filed objections to these parcels and they were ignored,” Elaine Willman, the village's director of community development and tribal affairs, told The Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Willman said the BIA agreed to take about 133 parcels totaling 2,600 acres into trust. The village filed an appeal with the Interior Board of Indian Appeals over six of the parcels.
The village has fought the tribe on land-into-trust, taxation, sovereignty and other issues. Willman is a former leader of an anti-Indian group.