New York tribes united in opposition to state's tobacco efforts
Thursday, August 19, 2010
All six member tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy held a historic meeting on Wednesday to oppose the state of New York's attempts to force tobacco taxes on their reservations.
About 100 representatives of the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Tuscarora and Seneca tribes condemned the effort as an affront to their sovereignty. They said they would fight a new state law and new state regulations that would require them to collect taxes on the sale of tobacco to non-Indians.
The new changes are due to go into effect on September 1. The Seneca Nation filed a lawsuit in hopes of stopping the state