Oneida Indian Nation and State of New York Agreement on Wide Range of Issues

Here. Another article here.

Details from the Syracuse.com article:

In a deal announced today, the Oneidas will give 25 percent of their gaming machine revenues to the state in exchange for exclusive rights to run casinos in a 10-county area of Central New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that could mean $50 million a year for the state.

– Oneida and Madison counties agree to drop all legal action against the Oneidas over land and tax issues. The state will drop any support of those actions.

– No casinos would be built in the 10-county Central New York region, which includes Onondaga County. Vernon Downs, which opened in 2006, could continue to operate.

– The Oneidas, which have been granted 13,000 acres of tax-exempt trust land by the federal government, agree to cap their total trust land to 25,000 acres.

– Oneida County will get $2.5 million a year and Madison County will get $3.5 million from the state’s share of the Oneidas’ payments.

– The Oneidas will charge — and keep — the same sales taxes New York state charges. The Oneidas must use that money for the same kinds of services New York does.

– The nation will waive its sovereign immunity for the agreement, allowing New York to take the tribe to federal court in any disputes.

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