The western New York tribe's action is related to Gov. David Paterson's decision to sign into a law a bill that would force tobacco wholesalers who supply Native American stores to pay excise taxes to the state. Paterson's budget plan for next year counts on $120.8 million from Indian taxes.
The law is aimed at resolving the long-simmering concern by lawmakers in Albany that Indian stores fail to collect and remit taxes on cigarettes and other products sold to non-Indians.
In 1992 and 1997 tax protests, large tire fires closed a section of the Thruway, and tribal members clashed with State Police in violent confrontations that led to several arrests and injuries.
"This justifies taking any and all prudent actions to protect and defend the Nation's economy and the way of life of the Seneca people," Snyder said.
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