The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Friday, July 01, 2005

The Suit of the Land

Source The Lima News
Tribe land claim is a gamble
Lawsuit covers southern Allen, northern Auglaize counties
By BOB BLAKE
bblake@limanews.com 419-993-2077
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — A new chapter in the history of northwest Ohio is unfurling with Monday’s historic filing of a land claim lawsuit by descendants of the area’s former Indian inhabitants, and communities from Lima to Wapakoneta are just beginning to look at the ramifications. The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, in a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Toledo, has laid claim to more than 92,800 acres of former reservation land — an area that today encompasses a large chunk of Allen and Auglaize counties. The tribe seeks title to the land and repayment of taxes and other revenue collected by the state since taking over the land in 1831. The tribe is also seeking use and access rights to more than 11,315 square miles of territory in 36 counties of central and southern Ohio. The claims include the Hog Creek Reservation, which ran through Allen County and a sliver of Auglaize County. The former reservation encompassed all of present-day Shawnee Township, Fort Shawnee, and parts of American Township, Cridersville and Lima. The Wapakoneta Reservation, which comprises a large portion of Auglaize County, including all of Wapakoneta, Buckland, Uniopolis, Saint Johns and part of Cridersville, is also in the claim. “When you look at the impacts of the land claims, it’s very significant in your area. That’s what we’ve been trying to tell the state for a long time, but nobody’s been willing to listen,” Terry Casey, a spokesman for the tribe, said. “The tribe was willing to negotiate with the state. Certainly, we’re still willing to negotiate with them now if they’re willing to negotiate something.” Casey said the tribe has negotiated intergovernmental agreements and real estate purchase agreements with four Ohio communities — Botkins, Lorain, Lordstown and Monroe — to proceed with casino developments. In Botkins, in northern Shelby County, the two-phase project is estimated to represent an investment of $80 million and could lead to the creation of 1,850 jobs, he said. In addition to naming the state of Ohio and a number of state officials as defendants, the lawsuit also names various political entities across the region, including the Allen County and Auglaize County commissioners and the cities of Lima and Wapakoneta. “At this point, while that issue has been referred to the law department for the city to investigate, other than having read about the issue in the paper I’m not in a position to be terribly knowledgeable about it,” Lima Mayor David Berger said. “We will be waiting on the law department and its research before making any further comments about it.” Sam Bassitt, an Allen County commissioner, said Monday’s filing represents an interesting development, but is not a cause for concern. “It would seem to me if they’re interested in the Allen County community, they are welcome to purchase it like any other buyer,” Bassitt said. “But, even if they have the land, they can’t do the gambling operations they want to. If they want that to happen in Ohio and in Allen County, they’re going to have to change the law in the state of Ohio.” Todd Hullinger, a Shawnee Township resident, said he’s been following the developments with the Eastern Shawnee effort to land a casino in Botkins, and he was not too concerned with the lawsuit. “It’s not going to fly. It’s just them wanting to put casinos where they want to put them,” Hullinger said. “I read it the other day in the newspaper and, to be real honest, I didn’t think much else of it. I’m not worried about it, to tell you the truth.”


Me Again, first I would like to say that Berger has made a valid point. And I suggest he use the SAME line during his campaign when ever someone aaskes about the lose of jobs, declining population, higher taxes, crime rates, etc. He could use the same thing he said here for most everything: “At this point, while that issue has been referred to the law department for the city to investigate, other than having read about the issue in the paper I’m not in a position to be terribly knowledgeable about it,” Lima Mayor David Berger said. “We will be waiting on the law department and its research before making any further comments about it.” Honestly it is one of the very few believible things I have ever heard him say. It's got my vote for the best true to life quote ever.

Back to the Indians. Um Native Americans. Did I see American Township mentioned there??? Because I tell you what- after three years of being in court over this house.... there is NO WAY I am giving it up now. Not even for a casino. It's just not going to happen. I am on their side and all- in fact I really suggest looking into the big old place Taft has. I mean SOME native american had to have stepped foot on it at sometime. It's there a way to just give them that, throw in Taft as a "side show attraction" for the casino and call it a day? I'd even be willing to give up my neighbors yards for them if they would like. But- I have to draw the line at my land. Sorry. But I just got Tim trained and we are adding windows to the addition this week end. I am not giving that up and starting all over again.

And what the big deal here any way??? What's wrong with the whole casino idea? If they are worried that Botkins will suffer with crime, and begin looking tacky, just let em have Lima. Most of it is so bad now a casino would only improve it.

And just why haven't we impeached Taft yet? Couldn't we do like Cali did and replace him with some old funny talking actor or something? I mean come on- by know even Sponge Bob could do a better job than Taft, and he lives in a pineapple under the sea.