Verona, NY (WIBX) - Employees of the Oneida Indian Nation are receiving their annual bonuses, just in time for the busy shopping season.

Since 1993, the Oneida Indian Nation has offered bonuses to all eligible casino employees, Sav-On Gas stations and other Nation holdings.

And, once again, Nation CEO, Ray Halbritter, is teaming up with the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, Shop Rome First and Mohawk Valley EDGE to encourage employees to spend locally.

Last year, $5 million was distributed to nearly 4,500 employees.