“Without our treaty-mandated right to sell tax-free tobacco, these businesses—these
people—will suffer. That is why we are here today—to defend our rights and to defend our economic independence.”

- Chief Henry Wallace, Unkechaug Nation, June 14, 2006

“The politicians in Albany need to visit native businesses...so they can see that executing this legislation will cripple the economy of New York Tribes.”

- Rebecca Genia, President of NABA, June 14, 2006

Poll results

New Yorkers Back Tribes on Taxation - March 1, 2006, Zogby International


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June 14, 2006 - NABA holds its first press conference and rally. Events were held at both Unkechaug and Shinnecock Nation sites.

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Read about the issue in the news

Cigarette tax dispute leaves Day Wholesale facing lawsuits - August 7, 2006, Adirondack Daily Entreprise

Indian tribes protest NYC lawsuit - July 26, 2006, Newsday

City sues wholesalers on cigarette tax - July 25, 2006, Newsday

Groups want taxes collected from Indian entreprises - July 7, 2006, The Citizen - Auburn

State Supreme Court to hear lawsuit over cigarette sales tax - June 29, 2006, Finger Lake Times

Groups ask Pataki to sign back-door bill to collect cigarette taxes - June 17, 2006, WXXI TV 21 and AM 1370

Lawmakers pass cigarette tax collection bill - June 23, 2006, WXXI TV 21 and AM 1370

New York Assembly Bill A10859 - Read the bill
New York Senate Bill S07568 - Read the bill

Bill would end cigarette sales at tax-free stores - June 22, 2006, Greater Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

2 LI tribes are fired up over tax law - June 15, 2006, Newsday

2 LI tribes fighting cigarette tax laws - June 15, 2006, NYSSCPA.org News Staff

Tobacco firms aid fight against tax-free sales - June 12, 2006, Buffalo News

Assembly targets cigarette tax enforcement - June 7, 2006, WBEN 930 AM Buffalo

Indian nations join in tax-free cigarette fight - May 25, 2006, Newsday

Tribal Tobacco: Proposal: A new cigarette compact sought - May 23, 2006, Tulsa World

Tobacco Compact: Creek Nation: State prepared to make deal - May 20, 2006, Tulsa World

County Files Suit to Force Tax Collection from Indians - May 16, 2006, Newsday

Seneca County sues to force collection of sales taxes - May 17, 2006, The Citizen

Convenience store reps sue Pataki - May 3, 2006, Press Republican

Cigarette tax issue smolders in New York State - March 24, 2006, Indian Country Today

Supermarket sues tribes over untaxed smokes - March 21, 2006, Newsday

Who's watching the store? by Harry Wallace - March 10, 2006, Indian Country Today

Taxes on Native American stores put off again - February 23, 2006, WGRZ-TV News 2 Buffalo

Pataki seeks 1-year delay in ending Indians' tax-free cigarette sales - January 18, 2006, Buffalo News

Police harass smoke shop in prelude to tax crackdown - January 13, 2006, Indian Country Today


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