U.S. Supreme Court to hear Oneida nation land case Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 11:34 AM Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 11:51 AM Glenn Coin / The Post-Standard
The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will once again hear an Oneida Indian land case. Madison and Oneida counties, which had been thwarted in their attempts to collect taxes from the Oneida nation, tried to foreclosure on hundreds of acres of tribal land. A federal appeals court said in April that while the counties had the right to collect the taxes, tribal sovereignty prevented the counties from enforcing the law. The counties appealed, and the court decided to hear the case. No hearing date has been scheduled.
The high court has ruled on Oneida Indian land cases three times, most recently in 2005 when it ruled that nation land was not sovereign and thus subject to taxes.