2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:01:51 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE, TRIBES: Air Force land (NY) to Oneida Nationa
NY tribes ponder implications of land transfer

By WILLIAM KATES, Associated Press Writer
Long Island Newsday (NY)
February 22, 2009


It's an 18-acre parcel, cluttered with abandoned buildings and ringed by wooded lots and fields, and once used by the U.S. Air Force for testing radios and radar.

But the fate of the small parcel in Oneida County looms large for New York's Indian tribes looking to have thousands of acres of upstate land put into federal trust _ and beyond the control of state and local governments.

Late last year, with little attention and less fanfare, the Air Force transferred the tract to the U.S. Department of Interior, which put it into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation under a provision of the Base Realignment and Closure law.

"It's a precedent. It's the first land in New York to be taken into trust. Although it's a different process ... it's trust land nonetheless," said Dan French, a former federal prosecutor who is now attorney for the Cayuga Indian Nation, which has an application pending to put 125 acres in Seneca and Cayuga counties into trust.


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