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Oneida Nation Takes Off

Indian-owned air charter service coming soon

ONEIDA NATION HOMELANDS, N.Y. - The Oneida Indian Nation of New York has
taken to the sky. On March 30, the Upstate New York tribe announced the
formation of its latest business venture - a charter air service called
Four Directions Air Inc.

"This is an opportunity for the Nation to be involved with a growing and
vibrant industry," said Ray Halbritter, Nation Representative and CEO of
the Nation's business enterprises. "Four Directions Air has the same
commitment to high quality service as our other business endeavors. All one
has to do is look at our Turning Stone Resort and Casino and the expansion
that is under way there to know this will be a world class aviation
business."

Four Directions Air will focus on the business traveler, offering charter
service for corporate clients nationwide. The company's flagship is a
Dassault Falcon 50, a nine-passenger executive jet with a cruising range of
3,500 miles and a top speed of 550 mph. The jet's crew consists of a pilot,
co-pilot and cabin attendant.

The new company will partner with Smith Air Inc., a veteran charter air
service based in Georgia, to provide pilots as well as access to a variety
of other aircraft to accommodate the business travel needs of corporate and
individual travelers, including a Lear 35 jet for economical domestic
travel.

The Oneida Nation's primary business venture is the Turning Stone Resort
and Casino in Verona, N.Y., at which a $308-million expansion project,
including a 98-suite lodge, a 19-story hotel and a 5,000-seat events
center, is nearing completion. The resort's third professional caliber golf
course, designed by Tom Fazio, is slated to open in July.

For more information, visit www.fourdirectionsair.com.