Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Paleface wants to TAX New York Indian Cigarettes

Smoke shops on New York reservations now sell hundreds of millions of packs of cigarettes each year. Technically, state law requires taxes to be paid on any cigarettes that aren't for the personal use of tribe members. The rules have never been enforced in deference to Indian sovereignty.

Some lawmakers and health advocates would like to see the state begin enforcing the law.

Arthur "Sugar" Montour, owner of the Seneca brand cigarette company, says any attempt to tax the tribes will be "taking away the birthright of our people."