President Bush, Members of Congress, Governor Pataki and Members of the New York State Legislature Must Honor Indian Treaties entered into by the United States with the Seneca Nation of Indians in 1784, 1789, 1794, and 1842.
These treaties recognize and acknowledge the Sovereignty of the Seneca Nation and guarantee not to disturb the Senecas' peace and their enjoyment of their Seneca Sovereign territory and that Seneca land title is "Original, absolute and exclusive", [1857 NY State Senate Judiciary Report]. "The United States will never claim... nor disturb the Senecas in the free use and enjoyment of their land". [1794 Treaty at Buffalo Creek]. The federal government in the 1842 Buffalo Compromise Treaty guarantee to protect the Senecas "from all taxes".
Federal Indian Law exempts "the lands within any reservation in the State of New York to taxation for state or local purpose..." United States Supreme Court upheld a recent New York Court decision that holds that Indian Nations and the Indian retailers are immune from collecting state taxes on Indian Commerce.
DUE TO NYS INABILITY TO UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE TREATIES AND THEIR OBNOXIOUS ATTUDE TOWARD NATIVE AMERICANS' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, THEY ARE FORCING THE WHOLESALERS TO APPLY ALL TAXES BEFORE WE CAN PURCHASE PRODUCT FOR RESALE.
THIS PROBLEM EXISTS FOR ALL NATIVE AMERICAN BUSINESSES IN NEW YORK STATE
The NYS legislature is forcing Gov Pataki to enforce this law that they enacted in the budget which he vetoed. Unfortunately they overode his veto and enacted the budget anyway
At this time NYS has postponed any tax collection until March 1st
This is a big victory because they are beginning to bow to public opinion for the Native American. We need to strengthen our position and encourage everyone, not only NYS residents, to rally to the cause and write or call the representatives in the NYS legislature to stop this collection process and recognize the Buffalo Creek Treaty and Seneca Sovereignity
To voice your opinion by email, letter or a phone call go to:
YOUR RESPONSE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Iroquois Tobacco Direct
Sovereign Seneca Nation
Via Kill Buck, NY 14748-0211
Toll Free: 1-888-999-5509