US Supreme Court declines Onondaga Nation’s request

Modern jurisprudence for these sorts of cases was established in 1974 in Oneida Indian Nation v. County of Oneida – 414 U.S. 661, so in theory the Onondaga had 39 years to file. However, given that the treaties in dispute are some 200 years old and the often limited resources of many tribes, it seems petty to quibble about a couple decades. But, it will likely be a cold day in Hell before the US government starts acting with any sort of real compassion toward Native Americans.

US Supreme Court declines Onondaga Nation’s request.

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4 responses to “US Supreme Court declines Onondaga Nation’s request

  1. Thank you Cary for bringing more people’s attention to this issue.

    Don’t you just love the language used in the court case that you cited, “the basis for petitioners’ assertion that they had a federal right to possession governed wholly by federal law cannot be said to be so insubstantial, implausible, foreclosed by prior decision of this Court, or otherwise completely devoid of merit as not to involve a federal controversy within the jurisdiction of the District Court.”

    How’s that for double negatives? Not…insubstantial…

    In other words, “Petitioners’ claim of a federal right to possession governed wholly by federal law is not so insubstantial or devoid of merit as to preclude a federal controversy within the District Court’s jurisdiction.”

    Yes, Cary, in theory, the Onondaga Nation had 39 years to prepare for last month’s announcement, after the Oneida Nation got “their day in court”. Please note to your readers that the Onondaga and other Nations began to file petitions as soon as US law seemed to permit such cases to be argued. It took this long to conduct the necessary research to justify and support petitions, obtain the necessary financial and professional support, and then to reach, and obtain decisions from, the US Supreme Court.

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