Thanks to Vernon for persevering with lawsuit

Published Dec 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

I am a taxpaying resident of the Town of Vernon, board member of Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, and member of Central New York Fair Business. I would like to express my personal thanks to the Town of Vernon Board for staying with their suit against the overreach of the federal government in its decision to take land into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) won’t review a lower court ruling upholding the federal government’s decision to take land into trust.

The town’s diligence has resulted in the unusual situation of SCOTUS convening six different conferences to reach their decision.  Also unusual was the dissent filed by Justice Clarence Thomas giving us a glimmer into the thinking and discussions during those conferences.  If you haven’t had a chance to read that dissent you should do so.

A Citizens Equal Rights Allowance research team is going into the archives to determine the application of two statutes cited (25USC §1321 and 1322(a)) by Justice Thomas.  Soon Citizens Equal Rights Allowance and Fair Business will be hosting public sessions to review the options the town’s case has afforded the people of Central New York in the fight against the federal government’s assault on the territorial sovereignty  of Central New York by the federal government.  Thank you Town of Vernon and Justice Thomas for the road map to the future.

— Judith Bachmann, Vernon