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NATIVE RIGHTS: Oneida Nation Dispossessed of Right to Reclaim Land or Compensation

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A panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision Aug. 10 that the Oneida Indian Nation has no "possessory right" to reclaim the 250,000 acres that were illegally taken by the state of New York in the 18th and 19th centuries and sold for


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Dave Kane (308)
Thursday August 12, 2010, 6:25 pm
What a surprise -- you mean the system is STILL corrupt to the core?

Dave Kane (308)
Thursday August 12, 2010, 6:31 pm
What a crock -- at least it was a split decision. Good thing it's perfectly legal -- as long as you own and run the system -- to break every damn treaty and agreement you ever made with the original peoples. Way to subjugate USA.

No matter where you look this system only works one way -- and it ain't your way. Or my way.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday August 12, 2010, 6:33 pm
That is just awful , it was their land and they have a right to be compensated or get their land back !!!

Kelly C (176)
Thursday August 12, 2010, 6:58 pm
This is not good news, thanks anyways for bringing it here Cal. I am sad.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday August 12, 2010, 9:56 pm
These native peoples have every right to claim this land.

Norm C (74)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:01 am
The two judges, McLaughlin and Livingston, were appointed by ----- drumroll, please ---- McLaughlin by Ronald Reagan to the District Court and George HW Bush to the Apellate Court and Livingston by George W Bush.

Surprise! Surprise!

patricia lasek (317)
Friday August 13, 2010, 7:39 am
No surprise there Norm.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:09 pm
Noted. No surprise....JUST Unfair, unjust, unforgivable, unacceptable.....unimaginable abomination.

Jacqueline S Wolf Heart (74)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:15 pm
AS Usual Always hurting my a SHAME we are Always trying to get back what Rightfully ours to Begin with.Thank you for caring about The Native Americans Cal.thank You for doing this.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 13, 2010, 2:33 pm
U.S. government has broken every treaty it has ever signed with Native Americans. Let's put politicians on a 'reservation' and see how they like it!

K. N (0)
Friday August 13, 2010, 7:48 pm
Another embarrassing bit of dishonesty.

Mary C (148)
Friday August 13, 2010, 8:22 pm
BOOOOOO HIIISSSSSSS!!!!! They can so nonchalantly mention the various acts of thievery and misconduct that the state committed to these people, and then bluntly say that the state is immune regardless?!?! BULL SHIT!!!

. (0)
Friday August 13, 2010, 9:18 pm
No question but that the previous owners of stolen land have an ethical claim to that land (though usually not a practical claim since I doubt there's a foot of inhabited ground on this earth that hasn't been stolen many times throughout history by various groups.)

However, the Oneida tribe probably wouldn't hold that ethical claim in any case since it's quite likely they also stole the land - from even earlier inhabitants through conquest. They were conquerors, after all, just as the Europeans were.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 13, 2010, 10:28 pm
Thanks noted

Robert G (3)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 6:15 am
And I thought I voted for change last election.

Michael Griffiths (5)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 11:02 am
No change there then - The enclosures act in England swept aside the the right of ordinary peoples access to the land - We are all nomadic now at best we own a few square feet around our homes if we have a home that is.
Dont rattle your chains too hard or Feema will come and get you.
This land is your land , this land is my land

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 12:35 pm
If people really knew how America treats her own citizens, THEY would build higher fences along our borders. Native peoples don't stand a chance in American courts. The law is not applied equally between the religions. e.g. How dare they build a mosque in New York City! It should be called The United States of White Christian America - ask anyone who is not white or Christian.

Peter B (54)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 1:47 pm
Its there land.Thanks for shareing Cal

Gillian M (218)
Saturday August 14, 2010, 2:32 pm
I can understand that the land cannot be restored but true justice cannot be denied because of a time delay. No claim could have been made as the courts would have laughed it out, just as they are doing today. However, it should not be laughed out today, it should be considered seriously.

However the Oneida Indians acquired the land originally, it was theirs when it was stolen from them. The government has always refused justice to the Native Americans and this result does not surprise me.
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