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#971055 --- 01/30/09 06:41 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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News from American Lung Association in New York

For more information contact: Angela Pause Smith, American Cancer Society at (518) 339-6339 -- Katherine McCarthy, American Heart Association at (518) 869-4049 -- Brian Marchetti, American Lung Association in New York at (518) 465-2013 x 322

Tobacco Tax Ticker Approaches $400 Million Dollars
Web-based Tax Ticker Shows Revenue Lost from Native American Cigarette Sales Since June 2008

ALBANY, NY (01/30/2009; 1033)(readMedia)-- --

FACT: Early in the morning on Saturday, Jan. 31, New York State will eclipse $400 million in lost revenue from failing to collect excise tax on Indian cigarette sales, according to the web-based "Tobacco Tax Ticker" located at http://www.alany.org/tobaccotaxticker.

FACT: In December, Governor Paterson signed a law requiring tobacco wholesalers to provide certification to the state tax department that they have not sold tax-free cigarettes to any retailer.

FACT: In granting a preliminary injunction against implementing the new law, the judge indicated that, for the law to take effect, the Governor must first implement a coupon system allowing Native Americans to purchase tax-free cigarettes mandated by the State Legislature four years.

FACT: Collection of cigarette taxes is constitutionally permitted, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1994 that the regulatory system to pre-collect taxes on sales to non-Native Americans was entirely constitutional.

FACT: Collecting the tobacco tax on cigarettes sold on Native American Reservations will prompt an estimated 150,000 New Yorkers to quit smoking and help provide funds for vital health programs that serve the uninsured.

New York State's leading public health organizations again urge Governor Paterson to move promptly and explore all possible measures to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on Native American reservations.

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#971115 --- 01/30/09 07:28 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Originally Posted By: Rich_Tallcot
... the judge indicated that, for the law to take effect, the Governor must first implement a coupon system allowing Native Americans to purchase tax-free cigarettes mandated by the State Legislature four years...


The counties that have any tribal smokeshops should pitch in money to have the coupons printed.

How much could it cost to print a few thousand coupons? ($200, $400, $600...)

That would leave Paterson without any more excuses.

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#971231 --- 01/30/09 09:52 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Economic recovery includes $2.8 billion for Indian Country Wednesday, January 28, 2009.

It is rather obvious, the casino money from the tribes went into the pockets of Congress. Then Congress passes a bill like this. Guess where this money will go?

It seldom goes to the so called "poor" tribes. The BIA keeps 89% of the money. That's like bailing out those that suffered from the economy collapse. The bankers that created the mess are the ones that benefited.

The Hatch Act prohibits you and I or anyone else from using federal taxpayer funds in election campaigns. Guess what? The tribes are EXCLUDED, thanks to Congress! They can take this, mix it with a few tribal dollars and then call it tribal money for campaign fund purposes or donations to political parties. Scott Kayla Morrison explained this very well, but people don't push to get the system changed.

The taxpayers are being bilked $2.8 billion dollars in an economic stimulous package to support tribes that have taken in close to $75 billion in casino revenue last year as more of just an effort to bolster congressional and political party campaign coffers.

It's obvious, the casino tribes don't need the money, their governments are often as corrupt at those we are fighting overseas. And we should more than start to wonder about our own government when they purposely exclude tribes from the Hatch Act of giving federal taxpayer funds back to the Congress for their own reelection,.

Maybe this is our own Congressional maneuver to circumvent all the lobbyists getting caught paying them off. Maybe our Congressmen figure if they can't accept bribes directly, they can just pay the tribes, who can then legally in accordance with laws Congress makes themselves, bribe themselves.

Have you started to get mad yet? I'd HIGHLY recommend a rider be attached to the bill to include tribes under the Hatch Act to prohibit Congress from white washing our own taxpayer dollars back into their own pockets. But, don't hold your breath. Congress purposely excluded tribes from the campaign finance reform bill. Our own Senators Schumer and Clinton fought the attempt to include tribes. It is Congress that is corrupt, collectively and as individuals.

People haven't been stepped on enough. We just got raped by bailing out the bank CEOs that took us to the cleaners to begin with. I guess the banking industry has some real good lobbyists.

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#973167 --- 02/03/09 09:19 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Originally Posted By: Rich_Tallcot
... to support tribes that have taken in close to $75 billion in casino revenue last year ...


... Our own Senators Schumer and Clinton fought the attempt to include tribes.



Interesting.
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#974374 --- 02/05/09 08:59 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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State sues smoke shops, officials

Drew Edmondson: The attorney general's lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Oklahoma Tax Commission, alleges a conspiracy by several smoke shop owners and Creek Nation officials to violate federal and state laws on Oklahoma cigarette sales.
By OMER GILLHAM World Staff Writer
Published: 2/5/2009 2:35 AM


The Oklahoma Tax Commission is suing more than a dozen Creek Nation smoke shop owners and several Creek Nation officials, alleging that they conspired to violate federal and state laws governing cigarette sales in Oklahoma.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Tulsa County District Court.

The defendants include 15 individuals who own or operate Creek Nation- affiliated smoke shops, including Creek Nation Council member Steve Bruner. Additional defendants are Toney Lee, manager of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tobacco Wholesale, and Garry Berryhill Sr., manager of Creek Nation Travel Plaza Enterprises.

Creek Nation Tobacco Wholesale is not licensed with the Oklahoma Tax Commission to sell tobacco products in Oklahoma, the lawsuit states.

The filing claims that "the object of the conspiracy was to produce unlawful profits and gain from the sale of cigarettes in violation of the Federal Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, the State Complementary Act and State Cigarette Tax Act."

The lawsuit highlights the bitter battle between the Tax Commission and smoke shop owners who have alleged that the state has not negotiated fairly with the tribe for a new tobacco compact.

For the past four years, the Creek Nation has refused to sign a new compact because it allegedly does not protect the historic tax advantage the tribe has had over nontribal retailers.

Without a tobacco compact, Creek-affiliated stores have created various methods of obtaining low-tax cigarettes and cigarettes without state tax stamps to compete in the Tulsa area, a high-tax zone, a Tulsa World investigation has shown.

From the state's point of view, these methods are a conspiracy. In essence, the Tax Commission is alleging that Creek Nation Tobacco Warehouse is coordinating the sale and delivery of millions of packs of cigarettes without Oklahoma tax stamps and which are not listed on the state's master cigarette directory.

The list is derived from the Master Settlement Agreement, reached with cigarette manufacturers in 1998. Seneca, King Mountain and Skydancer brand cigarettes are being sold by the smoke shops but are not on the list, the World investigation showed.

Smoke shop owners from Muskogee, Broken Arrow, Holdenville, Okemah, Tulsa, Okmulgee and elsewhere are alleged to be buying and selling cigarettes without an Oklahoma tax stamp, court records state. Additionally, many of the smoke shops are selling low-tax cigarettes that should be reserved for smoke shops along the Oklahoma border in competition with the tax rates of bordering states.

The lawsuit alleges that between February 2007 and May 2008, Creek Nation Tobacco Wholesale purchased or had delivered 5,330,100 packs of unstamped cigarettes to its headquarters in Okmulgee. The cigarettes allegedly were purchased from Native Wholesale Supply Co. by way of Nevada International Trade Corp., the operator of a foreign trade zone in Las Vegas. The cigarettes were manufactured by Grand River Enterprises Six Nations Ltd.

An investigation by the Tulsa World in August revealed that Native Wholesale Supply was being sued by the state on allegations that it violated the Master Settlement Agreement. The lawsuit was filed in May in Oklahoma County District Court and moved to federal court Aug. 6.

The Tax Commission says the conspiracy is costing the state millions of dollars in tax revenues that are designated to be spent on health initiatives and to reduce the number of smokers in Oklahoma.

The state is seeking damages for the loss of tax revenues caused by the alleged conspiracy and the sale of low-tax cigarettes in high-tax zones, court records show.
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#976875 --- 02/10/09 08:10 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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smokes sales to stop soon. ;\)
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#981404 --- 02/18/09 05:16 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
smokes sales to stop soon. ;\)


Judge: Cayugas can't sell untaxed cigarettes

By: The Citizen staff report

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 4:02 PM EST
The Cayuga Indian Nation of New York will not get its seized cigarettes back, and it must stop selling untaxed cigarettes to non-Indian customers at its Union Springs and Seneca Falls stores, a judge ruled Wednesday.
State Supreme Court Judge Kenneth Fisher issued a pair of decisions that favored the district attorney offices of Cayuga and Seneca counties in their prosecution of the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York over untaxed cigarettes.

The nation had earlier secured a preliminary injunction from the state Appellate Division that prevented the counties from moving forward on their prosecutions of the cases until it could make a final decision on the case.

But Fisher, who signed the original search warrants in the case and declared the counties' actions lawful a couple of weeks later, said the appeals court's injunction merely preserved the status quo at the time it was issued. And the Cayugas were not selling untaxed cigarettes at time; in fact, the stores were closed.

Fisher also noted that the Appellate Division gave no indication in its written orders which way it was leaning in terms of the merits of the case.

For more on this story, see Thursday's edition of The Citizen.



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#982051 --- 02/19/09 06:06 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING—FEBRUARY 25, 2009
Seneca County and Cayuga County will be holding a public information meeting on the Cayuga Indian Nation’s Land into Trust application.

Representatives of the Counties will discuss the status of the application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the next steps in the application process. Under the federal environment review process, the BIA will release the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public review and comment. At the meeting we will discuss the Scoping Report issued by the BIA and the impacts that will likely be evaluated in the DEIS and those issues that will not be evaluated. The public will hear how it can most effectively respond to the DEIS during the comment period to assure that the full impacts of the application are identified and evaluated.

For background, we urge you to review the Scoping Report found in this website. The report was prepared for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is guiding the preparation of the DEIS.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the application and the likely community impacts of placing the lands into trust. These comments will be recorded for the public record.

The meeting will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 25 in Student Lounge (Main Building), Franklin Street on the campus of Cayuga Community College in Auburn.
Current Public InformationPublic Meeting--February 25
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#985549 --- 02/26/09 09:25 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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...The state is seeking damages for the loss of tax revenues caused by the alleged conspiracy and the sale of low-tax cigarettes in high-tax zones, court records show.



Paterson......?????
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#993256 --- 03/12/09 03:51 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Did he print the coupons yet?
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#993584 --- 03/12/09 10:37 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Did he print the coupons yet?
I heard Monday that the coupons HAVE been printed. But Patterson IS still TRYING to make agreements.

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#993889 --- 03/13/09 02:04 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Originally Posted By: bluezone
Did he print the coupons yet?
I heard Monday that the coupons HAVE been printed. But Patterson IS still TRYING to make agreements.


Agreement? Why? Pay taxes on cigs like everyone else except for indians. What's to agree on? Me thinks David will be a ONE AND DONE Gov.!!!
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#994065 --- 03/13/09 10:02 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: justaxme]
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Why one and done? Why not get us a new Gov. I say lead him to the curb and push him off. A lot of damage can be done in a short amount of time.

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#994832 --- 03/15/09 02:26 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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Originally Posted By: Rich_Tallcot
Originally Posted By: bluezone
Did he print the coupons yet?
I heard Monday that the coupons HAVE been printed. But Patterson IS still TRYING to make agreements.



What is there to agree upon?
Hand out the coupons and move forward.
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#995411 --- 03/16/09 07:26 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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If there isn't tight control over how those coupons are handed out, everyone and their brother will suddenly be tribe members.
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#995987 --- 03/17/09 04:38 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: SilverFox]
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Judge: NYC suit against Mastic smoke shops can proceedBY ROBERT E. KESSLER | robert.kessler@newsday.com
March 17, 2009
A federal judge ruled yesterday that New York City can continue a lawsuit seeking nearly $200 million in back cigarette taxes from eight smoke shops on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation in Mastic.

The city claims that by selling huge quantities of untaxed cigarettes in the five boroughs, the smoke shops are a major source of cheap, bootlegged cigarettes.

In her ruling rejecting arguments by the smoke shops, U.S. District Judge Carol Amon in Brooklyn said the shops are not sovereign Indian entities and might be compelled to follow state and city law on the sale of cigarettes. She further said the shops could be sued under federal law because the reservation is not recognized as Indian land.

But Amon's ruling also said that however the overall issue of tribal sovereignty might be decided in the courts, the smoke shops are not integral parts of the tribe. The profits from the smoke shops do not go to the tribe itself, but to the shops' owners, Amon said.



The city sued the eight smoke shops in 2008, claiming that the untaxed cigarettes sold by them deprived the city of $195 million in taxes and the state of $525 million. Indian residents of reservations are permitted to purchase untaxed cigarettes for their own use. In its suit the city said that the eight shops had sold almost 24 million cartons of untaxed cigarettes since 2004, or 19,200 each day for the 300 residents of the 55-acre reservation.

"The $195 million in uncollected cigarette tax revenue we are suing to collect could be used to modernize a public hospital, or hire nearly 3,000 new police officers, firefighters or teachers," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday. "As we all pull together to do more with less, it's just grossly unfair to hardworking taxpayers to allow any company to shirk their responsibilities."

Leo Barnes, lead defense attorney for the smoke shops and who represents the Smoke and Rolls shop, said yesterday he had not read the suit and could not comment. Dan Nobel, attorney for another shop being sued, the Peace Pipe, also said he could not comment because he had not read the decision.

But Harry Wallace, chief of the Unkechaug Indians who live on the reservation, yesterday called the decision "the first in a long litigious history. Ultimately, our legitimate business entities will prevail."

The next hearing in the city's suit is scheduled for May.
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#999026 --- 03/24/09 06:45 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Paterson why lay-off state workers when you can collect the cigarette taxes from the tribes?
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#999421 --- 03/25/09 03:44 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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Uncollected Tax Dollars

January 15, 2008
We thought you would be interested in the following letter that has been sent to the members of the Legislature by Mr. Arthur H. Katz, Executive Director of the NYS Wholesale Marketers and Distributors.

January 10, 2008

Dear Legislative Member:

SHAME

Why do we continue to permit annual sales of 400 million packs of untaxed cigarettes to Indian sellers when it is known that illicit reselling is funding terrorism?

In America, our greatest triumph is adherence to the rule of law. Where laws end, terrorism begins. In 1994, the United States Supreme Court ruled (in Attea v. New York State) that New York was within its right to tax all cigarette sales to non-tribal members. Yet in the twelve years since that ruling the Pataki administration did not attempt to apply the law to a single Native American sale. Therefore, lacking accountability, these untaxed sales have reached an astounding 40 million cartons annually with lost revenue to New York State of $20 million per week or one billion dollars per year.



*It should be noted, since our first letter dated August 6, 2007, New York State has lost an additional $440 million in revenue, why?



Shame:Major illegal profits from these sales are funding terrorism while the New York State treasury is robbed!

The connection between Native American untaxed cigarette distribution and the funding of terrorism is well established and documented by New York and Federal agencies, public officials and numerous criminal court cases. Among some recent examples:

New York City 11/03/2007, Rep. Anthony Weiner and state senator Jeff Klein, in calling for a congressional investigation and putting additional teeth in existing federal laws , issued a press release that documented several recent government cases which uncovered the funding of Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups. They also quoted public officials who have stated that illegal cigarette profits have become one of the leading sources of domestic terrorist funding. ATF agent Patrick Awe, who testified before the US Senate, stated "... the link to terrorism has been established".



v Cattaraugus Indian Reservation 09/20/2006, Karim H. Nassar from Canada pleads guilty to smuggling $500,000 of cigarettes off the reservation for general market consumption and sending profits to Hezbollah guerillas.



v Dearborn, 05/29/05, nineteen men are federally indicted for a smuggling operation that evaded "tens of millions in state cigarette taxes" by purchasing truck loads of untaxed product from a Western New York State Indian Reservation and reselling in New York and Michigan. The profits were funneled to Hezbollah.



v The New York State Tax Enforcement Group arrested a couple in Brooklyn who were part of a group of 200 terrorists smuggling and reselling into New York City.



v Police commissioner, Ray Kelly in a speech before the United Nations, states that the smuggling of cigarettes is the leading means of funding forterrorist organizations.



v New York Post 10/16/07 State Senator Martin Golden who sits on the Homeland Security Committee, states that "ATF has opened hundreds of illicit cigarette trafficking cases; ... [having] links to extremist groups such as al Qaeda ... He adds that ATF senior intelligence analyst William Billingslea wrote in the Police Chief Magazine that, "Because of the immense profit, illicit cigarette trafficking now rivals drugs as the method of choice to fill the bank accounts of terrorist groups." Golden goes on to say, "The solution is simple. Both federal and state laws are already in place, and the courts have reaffirmed their constitutionality. What we need now is a governor with the guts to enforce them. The result of not enforcing the law has transcended the issue of Native American sovereignty into an issue of national security."

Shame: Why has leadership not acted to enforce the law and protect public safety?

v Newsday 11/06/2007, "Trial of smoke-shop millionaire set to begin". In a criminal case heard before the Eastern District Court, RodneyMorrison a Costa Rican, who is an "Indian" through marriage, has offered to put up $56 million cash for bail. This criminal case involves massive amounts of cigarettes that were sold tax free to and from an Indian reservation.It certainly should not surprise anyone that the purchase of tens of thousands of cartons of cigarettes from just one of these Indian stores is not for personal consumption. The Distributor who supplies the "store" should know that those cartons cannot be consumed legally without taxation. The manufacturers who supply the distributors receive a mandatory report each week that states how many cartons go towhom, and yet continue to allocate and sell this product. These outlets are the major source of counterfeit and untaxed cigarettes sold in high taxed localities (NY) to complicit stores and street merchants.

Shame: Manufacturers who are allocating and their distributors who are selling should have knowledge of the laws requirements.

On April 12, 2005 legislation was passed that required the collection of taxes on all Indian sales of cigarettes, motor fuel and other products to non-Indian New Yorkers starting 3/1/06 (without exception) and was signed into law the next day. It was with both courage and conviction that Sheldon Silver and Joseph Bruno led the legislature to overturn Pataki's ill-advised veto, demonstrating their understanding of the urgency for stopping this outflow. The methodology of tax stamping of all cigarettes and the issuance of "exemption coupons" to tribal members was conceived 12 years ago and favorably ruled upon by the US Supreme Court.





Shame: NYS State government still continues to invent ingeniousexcuses for non-enforcement.



During his final year in office, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, in various correspondences, made it crystal clear that current law prohibited the shipping of untaxed cigarettes within New York. And further, that manufacturers, truckers, distributors and Indian traders who aided and abetted or criminally facilitated these shipments would be guilty of crimes against the State. Recently, Attorney General Cuomo, under an order from the Federal Eastern District Court, testified that the state's policy of forbearance (i.e. non-enforcement) was not a valid defense for the causing to be sold or the causing to be shipped of untaxed cigarettes for resale to non-tribal members. In another criminal case heard before the Eastern District Court; Judge Hurley ruled that there was knowledge of the illegal use and therefore criminal aiding and abetting.



Shame: As yet, there is no State enforcement and criminals and terrorists continue to grow rich.



The Math:

From 1996 - 2006 there was a recorded twenty percent reduction in the national

cigarettes sales (excluding New York State).

In 1996 New York State Taxes were paid on 127 Million Cartons Sold.

In 2006 New York True Consumption should have fallen to 102 Million Cartons

Actual 2006 New York State Legal cartons sold amounted to only 62 million!

That equals a loss of 40 million cartons sold in 2006!!





Shame:

A $Billion give away of our taxes!



It is patently absurd to argue that Native American sovereignty can only be preserved by allowing them unregulated access to FORTY MILLION cartons of untaxed cigarettes annually. This would amount to a staggering EIGHT BILLION cigarettes smoked per year by 2,500 adult Native American smokers in New York.



Shame: Let us not fall asleep at the switch again! Solution: Tax Stamp all cigarettes!

Summary of some Applicable Laws that may be violated are:

The Jenkins Act; The Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act 18 U.S.C.Sec.2342; New York Public Health Law1399II; NYS Tax Law, Article 20, Sec. 471E; Criminal Facilitation, Article 115 NYS Penal Law; provisions under The National Security Act.

Why have we suffered 12 years of non compliance and the feeding of terrorists? Why have the cigarette manufactures continued to allocate millions of cartons of cigarettes to Indian sellers knowing exactly what is being shipped to each Indian store? Why has Albany not exercised its duty to protect its citizens by simply upholding the law? Why have these complicit venders been permitted to become the leading source of untaxed cigarettes sold in the 50 states? It certainly cannot be up to Native Americans, manufactures, or recalcitrant Public Officials to dictate the terms of our safety. Our Supreme Court has already spoken. Now our elected officials must act by recognizing that where law dies, terrorism lives.

Shame: The failure of Government and manufacturers to act in these past twelve years is a classic case of politics and greed vs. country!

Sincerely,

Arthur H. Katz

Executive Director
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#1001367 --- 03/30/09 12:41 PM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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That money could go to help veterans, police, fire personnel...
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#1001651 --- 03/31/09 04:54 AM Re: Tribal News [Re: bluezone]
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http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/1232/

Very interesting reading concerning cigarettes, smuggling, law enforcement etc.

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