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Oneida Indian Nation and county reach deal

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UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Leaders from Oneida County and the Oneida Indian Nation say they have reached a $55 million agreement on long-standing land and tax issues.

The Oneidas will give the county a $30 million lump sum payment, and then $2.5 million a year for 10 years. In return, the county will drop its legal challenges to 8,800 acres of Oneida land granted trust status by the federal government in May 2008.

The tribe also could seek trust status for 1,800 more acres without challenge.

The deal must be approved by county lawmakers and the state legislature by June 30 or the deal will lapse.

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Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says the deal is the best way to bring the county and tribe together and for the county and surrounding municipalities to receive compensation.

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