General Tribal Council & Self-Defense

Today marks one month since the Oneida General Tribal Council met and voted to support the following petition:

General Tribal Council directs the Oneida Business Committee to stop Oneida Seven Generations Corporation (OSGC) from building any ‘gasification’ or ‘waste-to-energy’ or ‘plastics recycling’ plant at N7239 Water Circle Place, Oneida, WI or any other location on the Oneida Reservation.

As was made clear at the GTC Meeting, what OSGC was proposing (Plastics-to-Oil-to-Combustion, aka incineration) is not ‘recycling’ even though that’s what they called it.

Oneida Eye supports real recycling efforts, but even that industrial activity would be inappropriate at the wetlands location known as Water Circle Place where OSGC sought and was granted by the Oneida Land Commission an order of rezoning from ‘commercial’ to ‘industrial’ and a Conditional Use Permit to construct a plastics incinerator.

The Land Commission granted OSGC’s request on Feb. 13, 2013 – one month prior to OSGC admitting in its March 18, 2013 memo included in the GTC Meeting information packet that the project was on hold because OSGC had still not done its due diligence on the site’s suitability for such an endeavor.

That obviously raises the question of how the Land Commission – of which OSGC CEO Kevin Cornelius’ mother, Amelia Cornelius, is Chairperson – could possibly have performed its own due diligence.

Amelia is also Vice-Chairperson of the Oneida Gaming Commission, where OSGC President & CEO Atty. William Cornelius is employed as Counsel.

A PDF of the Anti-Incinerator letter in the GTC Information Packet and of the Keynote presentation given by Petitioner Leah Sue Dodge are below:

Though there was a last minute motion to table the petition (and several appeared to question the decision by Parliamentarian/Chief Counsel Jo Anne House to advise allowing it), it seemed to be a close vote largely because for many people the instructions were unclear, and some voted to table because they want to dissolve OSGC. Chief Counsel Jo Anne House’s analysis said it would be the right of GTC to direct dissolution once a petition for that purpose is presented to GTC.

The motion to table failed and the show-of-hands vote to support the petition to prohibit OSGC from building any kind of incinerator anywhere on the Oneida Reservation proved that OSGC’s proposals were “overwhelmingly rejected” by GTC.

Kalihwisaks, the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin’s newspaper, quoted Dodge as saying:

I’m proud of GTC for defending itself against OBC and OSGC which is a first step in showing the world that GTC isn’t buying what OSGC is selling, and the next steps are to divest the Tribe of the incineration business and dissolve some corporations, while setting and enforcing higher standards for corporate behavior. …Some officials seem to think they simply need to better explain OSGC’s projects because GTC just doesn’t understand how wonderful their incineration plans are, but I’ll continue to work with other GTC members to make it clear: We understand perfectly well what they’re up to, and we plan to stop them.

For more media coverage of the events leading up to the May 5, 2013 GTC Meeting visit the Media section via the tab above.

For more details regarding the information in the Letter and Keynote presentation visit the websites in the Links tab and read the information in the Resources tab above.

Oneida Eye will provide coverage and commentary as events unfold, including the pending ratification of GTC’s May 5 decision at a July meeting, OSGC’s attempts to appeal Green Bay’s rejection of their incinerator project, and the consideration of a larger vision within which to discuss the future of OSGC and related enterprises.


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