Oneida Chief Attacking Redskins Isn’t Oneida or a Chief


He is a casino kingpin and Obama fundraiser so that’s alright.

As The Point discussed previously, Ray Halbritter is being misrepresented as an Oneida Chief in his attacks on the Washington Redskins, but he isn’t actually a chief.

In 1993, the Grand Council of Chiefs removed Mr. Halbritter as the Oneida wolf clan representative and notified the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that he no longer represented the Oneida people.

Halbritter heads up Oneida Indian Nation Enterprises whose prize is a casino built on land obtained through a lawsuit to “recover” Oneida land. But it turns out that not only isn’t Ray Halbritter an Oneida chief, he may not even be Oneida.

The American Indian leader spearheading the campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins is not a legitimate member of the tribe he leads, according to a New York State Assemblywoman, but rather an Obama crony who is raking in casino money and paying back only small stipends to his tribe members.

A microcopy of 1885-1940 Indian Census Rolls from the National Archives of the United States, obtained by The Daily Caller, disputes Halbritter’s claim to have one-fourth Oneida blood on his mother’s side. The Oneida Indian Nation of New York determines membership by matrilineal descent and requires “a blood quantum of 1/4 degree,” according to its constitution, submitted to a former official of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1994.

The document lists Lucy Carpenter, Halbitter’s great-great grandmother on the “Census of Indians residing upon the Oneida Reservation who do not belong to the Six Nations.”

“He has no ancestry in the Six Nations but he has a lot of powerful friends in D.C.,” Tenney said.

Halbritter attended a January 27, 2012 fundraiser with President Obama in Washington, D.C. with 70 Indian leaders.

Previously Halbritter had flown under the radar. Some liberals attacked him, but most didn’t even know he existed. Now with a rather problematic legal position, he decided to push himself forward as a political activist. That probably wasn’t the smartest idea ever.

The Oneida Nation turned a $115 million profit in 2006, according to a report by University of Rochester professor Gregg Jarrell. Tenney claimed that Oneida annual revenue is now “really closer to $300 million.” The tribe directly  takes in “$8 to 9 million” per year in taxpayer money from federal and state governments for health care, according to Tenney.

But Oneida tribe members, who number between 450 and approximately 1,000 according to competing estimates, are only getting paid $4,000 per quarter, or $16,000 per year, according to a source.

And how much of that money ended up in Obama’s pockets?

  • tagalog

    The Oneida wolf clan representative is now called a chief? Well, the Oneida can give people authority and call them what they want, I guess. But the way I learned about New York Indians was that “chiefs” were chiefs for a particular activity (such as war, or negotiating, or some other activity) and otherwise were no different from any other Indian in their tribe. But I’m a white guy and could easily have it wrong.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      I’m the chief of my kitchen.

      • Veracious_one

        I drove a 57 Pontiac Chieftain once

        • objectivefactsmatter

          You were chief of the Chieftain every time you drove it too.

        • Biff Henderson

          Oh yeah? Well I used Fire Chief gasoline in mine and I trump you with being a Milwaukee Braves fan in my youth.

    • Johnnnyboy

      Their non rigid social order made most titles spontaneous rather than assigned. I suppose anybody could call himself a ‘chief’ and hope to pick up followers. Or have the title given to him by some type of acclamation.

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  • zxer91

    So the guy is a phony.

  • Sqeli’x

    This is a hack piece. Some New York Assenmbly woman said that since his GG-grandmother was kicked off the Tribal Rolls ( She was a fullblood) . Apparently she was kicked off the Rolls while living off the Reservation for a length of time. Apparently the descendants of his GG-grandmother were kept rolls, The NY assemblywoman who had had frequent political battles with Halbritter, a Ms. Tenney decided to make a press release stating that Mr. Halbritter is not only not a Chief. He’s not even Oneida. People need to realize that the Oneida Nation determines their own membership, if they say he is Oneida on his mothers side then he is Oneida.

  • motherofbeaver

    What’s the difference? It’s Snyder’s team and he can name it what he wants. Another politically correct tempest in a teapot.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    And does he also carry a birth certificate from Hawaii?

  • john spielman

    So Halbritter is a make believe “chief” just like Obama is a make believe president.