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Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin

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The tribe has agreed to pay Brown County $1 million over the next two years to pay for services such as roads and parks. The late summer deal wraps up months of negotiations to compensate the county for existing and past services to Oneida-owned land that is exempt from property taxes because it is a reservation. Tribal leader Sandra Ninham called the agreement an example of government-to-government partnerships that benefit the entire area. Brown County Executive Nancy Nusbaum said the agreement could open doors for future cooperative efforts. The tribe agreed in its 1998 gaming compact extension with the state to negotiate fee-for-service agreements with the county and local governments whose jurisdictions lie within the borders of the reservation. The Oneida Business Committee and Brown County Board each unanimously approved the agreement, which calls for the tribe to pay $500,000 to the county each year, which includes $150,000 for past services. The tribe operates one of the largest Las Vegas-style casinos in Wisconsin on its reservation. The new agreement recognizes the county provides parks, highways and other services and the tribe provides social, environmental and other services, officials said. The tribe has agreements with Green Bay and De Pere and the village of Ashwaubenon.