Today's Date: April 11, 2021
Who’s Getting Vaccinated in the US?   •   ‘Coming Out for Love’ LGBTQ Reality Dating Show Headed for Romance, Fun, Happy Endings This Fall   •   Call for Programs Opens for 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions   •   Pets play important role in easing children's loneliness and stress intensified by virtual schooling in lockdown   •   Winning Startups Receive $25,000 through Sunstone Innovation Challenge at CSULB   •   Publix Pharmacy Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments in North Carolina   •   Charmin® Works to Protect, Grow and Restore Forests   •   Humanitarian Leaders Jamie Aten and Kent Annan launch petition to encourage Evangelicals to get vaccinated against COVID-19   •   BET Remembers Hip-Hop Icon DMX With Special Linear Programming Today Starting At 6PM/5C   •   Get Start to Train Your Own Service Dog Online with Service Dog Training School International - Certified Service Dog Training C   •   The American Legion Calls POW/MIA Flag above White House "A Poignant Reminder"   •   PG&E Contributes $500,000 to Restaurant Resilience Fund to Strengthen Businesses for the Long-Term   •   Minister Schulte and Minister Hajdu announce the appointment of three new members to the National Seniors Council   •   genEquality’s First Inclusive Safety Mural Launches at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, Queens   •   The Drone Champions League puts female drone pilots in the global spotlight with the DCL Women's Cup   •   Wolters Kluwer Podcast Sheds Light on Key Factors Impacting Effective Banking Compliance   •   CGTN: From well-educated students to radicalized extremists in Xinjiang   •   Ather Sharif Awarded The Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership Award In Honor of Michael Ferro   •   Barna and Gloo To Release New City-Specific Research Experience For Church Leaders   •   Molina Healthcare of California Partners with San Bernardino County for COVID-19 Vaccinations
Bookmark and Share

Seneca Nation Wants Gov. Paterson To Keep His Promise

 Seneca Nation Response to New York State Senate Committee Call Sales Tax Collection on Sales of Native American Tobacco Products

 

CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY, N.Y. -- Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry E. Snyder Sr. is urging Governor Paterson to keep his promise to the Nation regarding rational dialogue on any and all proposals on taxing of Native American tobacco products.

"In light of today's report, which calls for collection of sales tax on our products, we want to remind the governor of his pledge for an ongoing, rational dialogue on this critical issue," President Snyder said.  "This, and prior governors, have shown consistency in honoring our sovereign treaty rights despite continued outside pressures to dishonor our unique status. We commend that and have every hope there is no change in that stance."

The NYS State Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations today issued a report titled "Executive Refusal:  Why the State Has Failed to Collect Cigarette Taxes on Native American Reservations." The report is critical of Governor Paterson for failure to aggressively pursue collection of taxes on sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products sold by the Seneca Nation, independent Seneca businesses, and other Native Americans in New York.

The report follows a series of public hearings, including an October 2009 session where the Nation provided detailed testimony and extensive documentation on its sovereign rights and economic contributions to New York State.  The nation, which directly employs more than 3,000 non-Senecas, pumps more than $1 billion annually into the state economy through salaries, vendor payments and taxes on spin-off spending.

Its gaming compact with New York State has generated more than $475 million in exclusivity fees since 2002.

Seneca Tribal Council President Richard E. Nephew joined with Snyder in urging the governor to hold his ground on tax collection, saying the just-issued report reaches conclusions similar to prior State Legislature reports.

"It comes down to lawmakers spending a lot of time and money to say once again that the state is in desperate need of new revenue sources and we are targeted as a source.   There's nothing new there. We continue to agree to disagree," Nephew said.  "On our side, treaty rights remain as strong as ever and we remain a sovereign nation."

The Seneca leader expressed frustration with the committee's recommendation that the state usurp federal treaty rights.

"They cite self-serving legal precedent to justify having an subservient government collect taxes," he said.

He also labeled the committee's call for the state to revoke recognition of the Poospatuck Tribe, of Long Island, as "hateful and ignorant."

"It's an extreme stretch, to in essence, terminate a tribe's existence to solve a problem. It's illegal and immoral," Nephew said.

Nephew did, however, commend the Senate panel on its recommendation that the Legislature establish a "Native American Affairs Committee" to address a wide range of issues involving the state and sovereign nations within its borders.  He also applauded another recommendation that the governor should appoint a Deputy Secretary for Native American Affairs.

"We are very encouraged by what appear to be genuine attempts to open the door to meaningful research, discussion and conversation between our nations and state government.  This is something we welcome and embrace," Nephew said.

Contact: Susan Asquith/Sharon Linstedt

 

716.842.2222

 

sasquith@traverscollins.com

 

slinstedt@traverscollins.com

 
 


 

SOURCE Seneca Nation



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News