On April 26, 2017 UCE filed a Petition for Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court seeking review of the decision of the United States Court of Appeal's decision in Upstate Citizens for Equal., Inc. v. United States at 841 F.3d 556 (2d Cir. 2016). The Supreme Court docket on our petition is available at: Supreme Court Docket
The petition presents the following questions:
1. Can Congress in the exercise of its Article 1 powers infringe, reduce or diminish the territorial integrity of a State without its prior consent?
2. Does Congress possess plenary power over Indian affairs and if so does it expand the Indian Commerce Clause to authorize the displacement of State rights to territorial integrity?
3. Does the land acquisition in this case via the mechanism of 25 USC § 465 (now 25 USC § 5108), represent a violation of the limits inherently expressed in the Indian Commerce Clause that limit Congress’ power to ‘regulate’ ‘commerce?’
4. Does the 300,000-acre ancient Oneida Indian reservation in New York still exist?