Cayuga Nation to sue two counties for raid on smoke shops
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Cayuga Nation plans to sue two New York counties for raiding the tribe's smoke shops and seizing tribal property
The tribe always contended that Cayuga and Seneca counties lacked jurisdiction over its two smoke shops. A ruling from the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, confirmed that
The counties seized over $500,000 of tobacco products and cash from the smoke shops in November 2008. The property was never returned.
"They’re done, they’re past the spoilage date….Of course, all of this was completely avoidable," Daniel French, an attorney for the tribe, told The Syracuse Post-Standard.
New York Appellate Division Decision:Cayuga Nation v. Gould (July 10, 2009)