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Reading Comprehension 2.2

Long before Europeans came to North America, thousands of Native Americans lived in its forests and on its plains. Now, the Oneidas of central New York State are trying to get back some of the land that was taken from them. Since 1970, the Oneidas have been fighting against a series of treaties made by local and state governments between 1795 and 1840 that reduced a 270,000-acre Oneida reservation to a 32-acre plot. However, it was not until the federal government joined the case last year on the side of the Oneidas that the case really began to draw attention. The Oneidas claim that the treaties were unlawful since they were not approved by Congress according to a law passed in 1790.

Officials for the state of New York say that talks on settling the case have slowed down because the Oneidas have been unable to agree among themselves on what they hope to gain from settling the case. The issue concerns many New Yorkers living in the disputed area, even though both the Oneidas and the Justice Department state that the Oneidas are not interested in taking back the land and moving the current residents off of it. Nor are the Oneidas interested in charging rent to the current residents for living on the land. The Oneidas are only interested in receiving some type of compensation to make up for the loss of the land years ago. Currently, the Oneidas, the Justice Department, and the state are trying to reach a settlement that will resolve the long-standing disagreements.

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