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10-72 Tsac Cayuga & Seneca County

10-72 Tsac Cayuga & Seneca County

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Seneca County and Cayuga County Amici Curiae Supreme Court brief in support of petitioners in the case Madison County and Oneida County v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York
Seneca County and Cayuga County Amici Curiae Supreme Court brief in support of petitioners in the case Madison County and Oneida County v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York

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No. 10-72I
N
 
THE
Supreme Court of the United States
 
_______________________________
O
N
W
RIT
 
OF
C
ERTIORARI
 
TO
 
THE
U
NITED
S
TATES
C
OURT
 
OF
A
PPEALS
 
FOR
 
THE
S
ECOND
C
IRCUIT
MADISON COUNTY, NEW YORK,
et al.
,
 Petitioners,v.
ONEIDA INDIAN NATION OF NEW YORK,
 Respondent,
STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE COMMUNITY,BAND OF MOHICAN INDIANS,
 Putative Intervenor.(Additional Counsel listed on signature page)
P
HILIP
G. S
PELLANE
Counsel of Record
D
 ANIEL
J. M
OORE
H
 ARRIS
B
EACH
PLLC99 Garnsey RoadPittsford, NY 14534(585) 419-8800pspellane@harrisbeach.com
Counsel for Amici Curiae
BRIEF FOR CAYUGA COUNTY ANDSENECA COUNTY AS
 AMICI CURIAE
IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS
233757
A
(800) 274-3321 • (800) 359-6859
 
i
QUESTIONS PRESENTED
 Amici
 will address (i) whether the ancient Oneidareservation in New York was disestablished ordiminished, and (ii) whether tribal sovereign immunityfrom suit, to the extent it should continue to berecognized, bars taxing authorities from foreclosing tocollect lawfully imposed property taxes from the OneidaIndian Nation (“OIN”), a successor entity related to thehistoric Oneidas – the questions presented by Madisonand Oneida Counties which this Court has agreed toreview via writ of 
certiorari.
 
iiCited AuthoritiesPage
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
QUESTIONS PRESENTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iTABLE OF CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iiTABLE OF CITED AUTHORITIES . . . . . . . . .ivINTEREST OF THE
 AMICI CURIAE . . . . . . .
1 ARGUMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3POINT ITHE COURT SHOULD RULE THAT ANY ONEIDA RESERVATION THATMAY HAVE EXISTED HAS LONGBEEN DISESTABLISHED . . . . . . . . . . .3 A.Even if the Court finds in favor oMadison and Oneida Counties on theforeclosure issue (discussed
infra
),the reservation status issue warrantsreview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3B.There has never been a federalCayuga or Oneida reservation inUpstate New York . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5C.Any federal reservation that mayhave existed was disestablishedcenturies ago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

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