Seneca Nation sues to halt state taxation of reservation tobacco
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Seneca Nation filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the state of New York from imposing its tobacco tax on the reservation.
The tribe is challenging a new state law and new state regulations that would require smoke shops on the reservation to collect taxes on goods sold to non-Indians. The changes are due to go into effect on September 1.
We are asking the governor and attorney general to stand down and allow the court to handle this. We are trying to avoid needless tension and chaos that is likely to ensue if the state attempts to start collections on Sept. 1," President Barry E. Snyder Sr. said in a letter.
Snyder said he wants to hear from the state by Thursday about the issue.
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE; Will there be a showdown between the Native American tribes and the State of New York on September 1, 2010? What do you think?