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Oneida Nation of New York

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Nation librarian Maija Jones received the Multicultural Award of the Ethnic Services Round Table from the New York Library Association at a recent conference in Saratoga Springs. She received a $250 gift certificate from Garland Publishing Co. The annual award goes to members of the association who serve an ethnic community. The association is open to librarians across the state. This is the second year Jones was honored by the group. She received a Dewey Fellowship in 1999, which provided her with a scholarship to attend a conference sponsored by the association. She has been nation librarian the past two years. Jones earned her master's degree in library science from Syracuse University. More than $215,000 is being distributed by the nation to local school districts where it bought land. The quarterly Silver Covenant Education Grants since 1996 exceed $2.2 million. Districts can use the money as they wish. The nation does not pay property taxes on this land. Eligible districts and the 2001 first-quarter payments are: Canastota, $30,410; Cazenovia, $403; Madison, $2,608; Morrisville-Eaton, $651; Oneida $31,528; Stockbridge, $29,816, and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, $119,909. The nation's casino is in Verona. Payments are based on the total acres the nation bought in each school district. An annualized rate of 3.15 percent is applied to the land value, then divided by four to determine the quarterly payment. The formula doubles, and in some cases, nearly triples the property taxes that would have been due, the nation reports. Since the grant program began the VVS District has received $1,412,777, the largest amount awarded any of the districts.