Oneida Nation of New York


The Nation continues to repurchase land it lost to the state in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its most recent acquisitions are a former convenience store and a marina and boat service on Oneida Lake, according to real estate records. The nation paid $1.06 million for the former Cozy Corners store in Lenox, 30 miles east of Syracuse. The property had an assessed value of $312,000 and was owned by Zouhair Maalouf of Canastota. Nation spokesman Mark Emery said the tribe plans to open its seventh SavOn gas station and convenience store at that location. It also paid $281,000 for the former Kershaw Marina, with an assessed value of $394,600, and $53,000 for Utica Boat Service, assessed at $27,300. Emery said the marina and boat service will be added to the nation's other two marinas in the same area. Employees of the store and marina will be given the option to work for the Oneida Nation, Emery said. The SavOn gas station will employ up to 20 people, he said. The purchases bring the amount of tribally owned land to more than 12,000 acres.