Village, tribe clash over land tax exemption

Both sides claim victory in land trust issue

The Village of Hobart and the Oneida tribe are both declaring victory following a federal order about land tax exemptions.

A Press-Gazette Media report said the regional Bureau of Indian Affairs initially granted a tax exemption for part of the tribe’s land. But the federal Board of Indian Appeals overturned the ruling and sent the case back to the regional office for additional consideration.

That means the tribe’s request to have an additional 3,000 acres of land placed in trust remains on hold for now.

The Village of Hobart issued a statement claiming victory. It said its board is gratified that its efforts to maintain a fair tax policy have been successful.

But the tribe said it’s confident the final ruling will ultimately be in its favor.