County waits for Supreme Court over Oneida Nation foreclosures
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't added any new Indian law cases to its docket but Madison County hopes its foreclosure case against the Oneida Nation will be one of them.
In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that the tribe must go through the land-into-process before asserting sovereignty on land it acquired in two counties. Following the decision, the tribe filed an application for 17,000 acres in Madison County and Oneida County.
While the Bureau of Indian Affairs was reviewing the application, the counties foreclosed on the tribe' for failing to pay property taxes. But in a decision issued in April, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said the tribe was protected by sovereign immunity.
The counties appealed and the Supreme Court will consider their petition in Madison County v. Oneida Indian Nation on October 8.
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