Tribal Members Seek To Dissolve Tribe's Business Corporation
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ONEIDA-- Some members of the Oneida Tribe are starting a petition asking the tribe to dissolve the business and development arm of the tribe, Oneida Seven Generations Corporation. OSGC was formed n 1996 to generate income from land development and business ventures.
The man behind the petition is an 82-year-old retiree and tribal member who has been studying OSGC's financial reports for several years. He says the corporation does not have the tribe's best interests in mind. Frank Cornelius claims OSGC is not fully disclosing its business records for the Tribe's Business Committee. Cornelius says the corporation has wasted millions of dollars trying to develop a trash to energy incinerator in several communities.
Cornelius expects the petition to draw a lot more than the 50 signatures required on a petition to put the issue on the General Tribal Council's agenda. "For all those who want to stand up and do what's right for the children, for the tribe," Cornelius said. "It benefits me nothing because I'll be dead in another couple of years, but it's the children and grand children and the young people."
Calls and emails seeking comment from OSGC were not returned. a spokesperson for the tribe says it would be irresponsible to comment on a petition that has not yet been officially submitted. The tribal members pushing the petition say they will begin circulating it July 1st. The issue could go before the General Tribal Council in November.