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Green Bay, Oneida Nation sign cooperative agreement

Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 12:02 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2021 at 7:44 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Pen was put to paper Thursday morning to sign a cooperative governance agreement between the Oneida Nation and the City of Green Bay.

The official documents were signed by Oneida Chairman Tehassi Hill and Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens.

The document outlines fees the tribe will pay the city to provide services such as garbage collection and street repair and maintenance on reservation lands that overlap the city limits.

“We pay millions of dollars for the exclusivity of gaming on our reservation. This is our opportunity to use those dollars in our backyard in a manner that sustains our core values. Overall, good governance between two sovereigns is better for all in building for future generations,” Chairman Hill said. “Our good governance agreement with the City of Green Bay is a step toward strengthening our ability to work together and provide a broader spectrum of services and projects that will be available to both the Oneida and the citizens of Green Bay.”

The agreement also allows the tribe to identify tribal lands within the city to be put back into federal trust, like they were when the reservation was established in the 1830s.

“Over time through legislation and over actions, the title for that land transferred from tribal ownership to non-tribal ownership. In doing so, we lost a lot of resources that we were not able to use any longer, and our people were destitute for a very long time,” Chairman Hill said.

The Oneida Business Committee and the Green Bay City Council both approved the 10-year agreement Tuesday in separate meetings.

This is the first intergovernmental agreement between the two sides in 5 years.

You can read the agreement here.

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