WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from the Oneida Indian Nation claiming that it was underpaid for over 250,000 acres in onetime tribal lands in upstate New York that changed hands more than 150 years ago.
The justices on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that threw out the Oneidas' land claims.
The Oneidas say the state illegally purchased land in upstate New York in a series of transactions in the 18th and 19th centuries. They claim New York underpaid for the land in Madison and Oneida counties by about $500,000, a sum now worth $500 million with interest compounded.
The lawsuit was filed in 1974 by Oneidas in New York, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.