Important Message to Our Neighbors in the Land Claim Area

From Oneida County Executive
Ralph J. Eannace, Jr.

February 26, 2020

On February 21, 2002, the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin filed lawsuits against 20 property owners in Oneida and Madison Counties. The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin also announced on February 22, 2020 that they would be filing against 20 additional property owners in the coming weeks.

Under Section 10 of New York State Law, the State is required to defend and indemnify the landowners in these lawsuits. The Governorís Office, along with Oneida and Madison Counties held a meeting with the first 20 defendants on February 26, 2002, explaining their legal options. The Governorís Office has retained the Law Officeís of White and Case, LLP, 1155 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY to represent any property owners who desire the State to defend them. The State of New York will pay all fees of White and Case together with any expenses incurred in connection with the litigation.

We ask that if you are served the Federal Court document naming you as a defendant, that you contact our office at 798-5800, or by email at landclaim@ocgov.net. Also, you are encouraged to visit our website at www.ocgov.net. We will be updating our site as new information arrives. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ralph J. Eannace, Jr.
Oneida County Executive


To the Residents of Oneida County,


Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Oneida County Land Claim Web Site for information regarding this serious and sensitive issue.  Within this web site, you will find information from the most basic documents, to recent court decisions and publications.  As of today, we are currently in the litigation process, but are constantly exploring ways to resolve this contentious issue out of the courtroom.

On the side of the page, you will find links to documentation in regards to the Land Claim.  We have archived past information to improve access, as well as including educational information into the issues surrounding Native American sovereignty.  We hope that the information included in this site is beneficial to your visit.  If you have any concerns regarding the Land Claim, suggestions in improving this site, or questions, you may contact us via email at landclaim@ocgov.net


Very Truly Yours,

Ralph J. Eannace, Jr.
Oneida County Executive