A district judge has ratified the casino gambling and land claim settlement that the Oneida Indians reached in 2013 with the Cuomo administration and Oneida and Madison counties.
Northern District of New York Judge Lawrence Kahn’s (See Profile) ruling Tuesday in State of New York v. Jewell, 6:08-cv-0644, clears the way for the Oneidas to hold a monopoly over casinos in a 10-county area in central New York in exchange for making $50 million in payments annually to the state. The Oneidas’ monopoly extends to Oneida, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, Herkimer and Lewis counties.
The Oneidas have been operating their Turning Stone casino complex in Verona since 1993 through federal authorization under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
The compact also entails the settlement of the Oneidas’ land claims in the region by granting the tribe 13,000 acres of land in trust and by it being allowed to add another 12,000 acres in Madison and Oneida counties. The tribe agreed to drop its long-standing claims to land in the two counties that non-Indian residents said clouded their own claims to title and ability to economically develop properties.
In ratifying the settlement, Kahn dismissed motions to intervene filed by the Cayuga Nation and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians.