ONEIDA - A petition seeking to dissolve an Oneida chartered business, Oneida Seven Generations Corporation, has been filed.
Petitioners say the embattled holding company, most recently known for its attempts to build a waste-to-energy plant in Green Bay, has been getting too much money from the tribe – with little to show in return.
"They sit at the top, spending money, and the business committee has allowed that," said petitioner and Oneida tribal member Frank Cornelius. "And this is what we're trying to stop."
Cornelius, and another tribal member Leah Dodge, walked the 300 or so signatures into tribe headquarters Tuesday. You may remember Dodge from earlier this year as she tried to stop OSGC from building any type of waste-to-energy plant on tribal land.
Cornelius says what Oneida Seven Generations Corporation was tasked to handle by the tribe can be better handled by the tribe, with better oversight. Additionally, he says getting rid of the OSGC would save family ties, possible investigations by the federal government and, most importantly, money spent fighting a lawsuit against the city of Green Bay.
"Green Bay has their own business council and they said no once," said Cornelius, 80, of the city's action against the tribal company's plant plans. "We're wasting our money, it's ruining our look of our own sovereignty when we go into court and lose."
Oneida Seven Generations Corp told FOX 11 it has not seen the petition.
A statement released to FOX 11 says:
"However, we did receive a certified letter from Mr. Frank Cornelius today asking for a response by July 23, 2013. The letter is a copy of a budget sheet showing the budget for Oneida Enterprise Development Authority not Oneida Seven Generations Corporation. Oneida Seven Generations Corporation has no affiliation with Oneida Enterprise Development Authority. They are a different entity of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.
We can only assume that the petition submitted was based on information about Oneida Enterprise Development Authority, and we can only assume that Ms. Leah Dodge's and Mr. Frank Cornelius's public comments about Oneida Seven Generations are based on this incorrect information."
In October, the city revoked the company's permit for a waste-to-energy plant near Hurlbut Street. Some members of the city council said they felt the public and the city were misled about the initial plans.
The OSGC filed a lawsuit in response. OSGC is currently fighting a Brown County judge's January decision to dismiss it.
Tribal spokeswoman Bobbi Webster wouldn't comment on the contents of the petition, but says the next step for the petition is for it to be reviewed, verified and possibly accepted by the tribe offices.
"After the entire process is completed, then that petition will move forward to the business committee at one of their regularly scheduled meetings for action," said Webster.
The business committee meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
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