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Oneida Nation Wins Battle With Wisconsin Town After SCOTUS Boost

July 30, 2020, 6:52 PM

The Oneida Nation can run its annual Big Apple Fest without interference from the Village of Hobart, Wis., because the entire Oneida Reservation established by treaty in 1838 remains intact and outside the village’s jurisdiction, the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday.

This victory for the Oneida is the first major court decision to consider the U.S. Supreme Court’s July 9 ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, which affirmed the 19th century reservation status of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma. The Seventh Circuit described McGirt as adjusting the prior framework governing reservation status to make it “even more difficult to establish ...

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