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Onondaga Nation petition with the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Onondaga Nation petition with the Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

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PETITIONto theINTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTSsubmitted byTHE ONONDAGA NATION and THE HAUDENOSAUNEEagainstTHE UNITED STATES
Representative of Petitioner:Tadodaho Sidney Hill,Onondaga Nation1009 Martins LaneVia Nedrow, New York Tel: (315) 447-4851Attorneys for Petitioner:Joseph J. HeathOnondaga Nation General Counsel512 Jamesville AvenueSyracuse, New York 13210Tel: (315) 447-4851E-mail: jheath@atsny.comAlexandra C. PageBERKEY WILLIAMS LLP616 Whittier Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20012Tel: (202) 302-2811E-mail: alex.c.page@gmail.comCurtis G. BerkeyBERKEY WILLIAMS LLP2030 Addison Street, Suite 410Berkeley, CA 94704Tel: (510) 548-7070Email:cberkey@berkeywilliams.comApril 14, 2014
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.Introduction ............................................................ 1II.Jurisdiction ............................................................ 2III.Exhaustion of Domestic Remedies .......................................... 2IV.Timeliness ............................................................. 3V.Per Saltum Review ...................................................... 3VI.Absence of Parallel International Proceedings
 
................................. 4VII.The Victims and the Petitioners ............................................ 4VIII.Facts ................................................................. 5A. The Illegal Takings of Onondaga Lands ................................ 6B.The Negative Consequences to the Onondaga People from the Illegal Takings of their Lands ....................................... 11C.Damage to Onondaga Lands from Extractive Industries .................. 12i.Chemical Pollution of Onondaga Lake .......................... 12ii.Salt Mining in Tully Valley .................................. 13iii.Channelization of Onondaga Creek ............................ 13iv.Damage to the Other Tributaries of Onondaga Lake ............... 14v.Hydraulic Fracturing ........................................ 14D.Diplomatic Efforts to Seek Redress and Early Legal Barriers to Court Action .................................................... 15E.Judicial Procedures Invoked by the Onondaga Nation .................... 19F.The United States Courts’ Denial of Legal Remedies to the Onondaga Nation ................................................ 24IX.Merits................................................................ 27A.The Prohibition Imposed by the United States Legal System Against Provision of Remedies for Historic Violations of Indigenous Land Rights Violates the Human Rights of the Onondaga Nation ................................................ 28B.The Right to Property ............................................. 29Statement of Relevant Law
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29Statement of the Violation ................................... 31C.The Right to Equality
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32Statement of Relevant Law
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 32Statement of the Violation
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D.The Right to Judicial Protection and Due Process ....................... 34Statement of Relevant Law ................................... 34Statement of the Violation ................................... 38X.Request for Relief ...................................................... 39Annexes

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