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"No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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USDC Judge Lawrence Kahn issued a decision today in the caseschallenging the decision of the Department of Interior to accept over 13,000 acres of land into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. In this decision he ramanded the matter back to the DOI for them to address, in the first instance, whether the Oneida Indian Nation of New York was under federal jurisdiction in 1934 as required by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salzar. To read the decision Click Here

Upstate Citizens for Equality (UCE) is a growing, not-for-profit corporation composed of concerned citizens that stand against discrimination, and supports the continuation of free enterprise and equality in our communities.

UCE was formed in August 1997 to give the landowners facing the Oneida Land Claim a voice in what will determine their future. In 1999 the Cayuga-Seneca Chapter was formed in part due to the Cayuga Land Claim. The Niagara Frontier Chapter of Upstate Citizens for Equality was formed in December 2002 as a result of increased inquiries to the Seneca-Cayuga and Madison-Oneida Chapters from people in the western portion of New York who are currently facing claims by the Seneca Nation of Indians in Grand Island and Cuba Lake as well as the proposed increase of "sovereign" land in the middle of their communities.

Each Chapter of Upstate Citizens for Equality has its own mission statement to reflect the unique issue each is faced with. These mission statements are available through the links in the navigation bar to the right. Upstate Citizens for Equality has a combined membership of approximately 8,000 New Yorkers.

Generally our organization seeks equality under the law and the rule of law applied equally. We believe that the current federal Indian policy is fatally flawed. Indians were made citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside when Congress passed The Indian Citizenship Act which grants to them the right to vote and be counted in the apportionment of political districts and brings them within the protections of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Therefore the State and Federal governments owes an obligation not to discriminate against them or other citizens based on race, ethnicity or national origin.

The Rule of Law it is often stated, and always recognized as the very cornerstone upon which this Republic is founded, that ours is a nation of laws, not of men. The meaning of the phrase is simple: No one is above the law's command; no one is below the law's protection. When applied to persons serving in public office, the concept is a constant reminder that they have only those powers as are given by law, and that they must perform those duties required by law, even when that performance is personally distasteful. Political disagreements are to be expected, personal disappointments are to be understood, but wilful disobedience of the rule of law is not to be tolerated

If you agree with our goals join us by clicking here! Agreement with the above platform and having your name entered on our private membership list constitutes membership. Voluntary donations are needed, but no dues are collected. You need not even attend meetings to remain a member.

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Click here to read UCE's statement on the issues between the Seneca Nation and New York State over the thruway and taxation of non-Indians.

UCE calls on State Liquor Authority to take action on the liquor licenses issued to the Buffalo Creek and Seneca Niagara Casinos for conducting illegal gambling and serving visibly intoxicated persons Click here to read the letter to Chairman Doyle.

Click here to read Upstate Citizens for Equality's statement regarding the illegal gambling at Turning Stone Casino.

Click here to learn how to help UCE oppose the Fee to Trust Application!

UCE's response to recent reporting of collecting sales tax from non-Indians on Indian Land

The Iroquois Indians are not aboriginal to New York Click here to learn that they are just as aboriginal to this are as the European settlers.

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