Oneida Tribal Members Dissolve Seven Generations Corporation - WBAY

Oneida Tribal Members Vote to Dissolve Seven Generations Corporation

Ashwaubenon -

The Oneida General Tribal Council votes to dissolve one of its businesses, the Oneida Seven Generations Corporation. It was most recently in the news for proposing a waste-to-energy plant in the Green Bay area.

In January, a Brown County judge upheld the Green Bay City Council's decision to repeal a permit for a proposed gasification plant, as the city alleged the corporation was not truthful about its plans.

This May, tribal members also voted to stop the plant from being established on tribal land.

Then in July, members again petitioned, this time to dissolve the Seven Generations Corporation, citing their poor business practices.

Sunday, the majority of nearly 2,000 Oneida tribal members made the decision in a special meeting at the Radisson Conference Center in Ashwaubenon. 

"They lacked oversight by the business committee, we needed more information," says Frank Cornelius, who petitioned the General Tribal Council meeting. "They kept so secretive. They violated constitution. We have a constitution that says you have to report to the general tribal."

Tribal leaders say the vote today by the general tribal council will help to shape the way the Oneida Tribe will handle its corporations and its businesses in the future.

"We need rules. Anyone who opens up corporations or wants to work in the business world there needs to be rules and we do have rules, but we need more," adds Ed Delgado, Tribal Chairman.

Tribal members say the Seven Generations Corporation violated restrictions to put waste incinerator on tribal land, and the vote to dissolve the business is a positive move for the Oneidas.

"It will bring in a new era of responsibility for tribal corporations, fiscal responsibility, accountability, better behavior," says Leah Sue Dodge, an Oneida Tribal member.

Another member, Mike Debraska, says "People do have resolve and will take that action. The gain, the trust and the responsibility and accountability is now going to be there."

Tribal leaders are evaluating the financial impact of this decision, but they say it will not affect their ability to fulfill current financial commitments.

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