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3/5/2019

article Legislature to consider raising the age for smoking
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Legislature is convening again in five weeks, and while the focus of the 2019 regular session will be on finances, legislators also have...

2/4/2019

article New Mexico bills to restrict, tax e-cigarettes advance
(New Mexico) -- Measures advanced Monday in the New Mexico Legislature that would impose taxes on e-cigarettes and prohibit vaping of nicotine products in locations...
article New Mexico e-cigarette restriction bill advances
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico bill that would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in areas where traditional smoking is banned is advancing in the Legislature over the...

12/5/2018

article Federal Hearing Set on Lawsuit Following Tobacco Raid in Winnebago
(Nebraska) -- Oral arguments are set for Monday, December 10th at the Federal Courthouse in Omaha regarding a lawsuit filed by Ho-Chunk Incorporated distribution against...

11/28/2018

article Mayor releases findings of study on air quality in bars, casinos since implementation of smoke-free ordinance
(Louisiana) -- Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and the members of the Smoke-Free EBR Coalition will inform the public Wednesday of the findings of a study into the air...

11/5/2018

article Biomarkers reveal ancient history of tobacco smoking in the Pacific Northwest
(Washington) -- Indigenous communities in North America were smoking tobacco hundreds of years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study of biomarkers...

11/2/2018

article Eskasoni man mulls appeal of unstamped tobacco ruling
(Nova Scotia) -- An Eskasoni, N.S., man convicted of possessing and transporting unstamped tobacco is unhappy with the ruling and is considering an appeal. Robert Lewis...

10/30/2018

article 1,200 years ago, the Nez Perce here smoked tobacco, long before whites arrived
(Washington) -- Here is another common historical narrative that’s been upended by sophisticated lab tests. In this case, the narrative is that Northwest Native...

10/29/2018

article Testing Of Ancient Pipes Indicates Tobacco Was Around In Northwest 1,200+ Years Ago
(Washington) -- Tests performed at Washington State University have found that people smoked tobacco in the Pacific Northwest going back more than a thousand years ago....
article Tobacco was part of Native American culture long before Europeans
(Washington) -- Researchers at Washington State University recently made a discovery that debunks the longstanding theory that European traders introduced tobacco to...

10/9/2018

article Smoking ban lifted on Hancock County casino and video lottery cafes
(West Virginia) -- The Hancock County Board of Health has voted to amend their current smoking ban in public places, which affects Mountaineer Casino & Racetrack and...

10/4/2018

article Study examines how Native culture is depicted in tobacco ads
(USA) -- Recently, our country has seen improved understanding of cultural misappropriation. Awareness of stereotypes, protests against racist mascots, and education...

10/2/2018

article State investigating cigarette sales on Mashantucket reservation
(Connecticut) -- State agents investigating cigarette sales raided a private store on the Mashantucket Pequot reservation this week, a Department of Revenue Services...

9/28/2018

article American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program helps 179 people
(Michigan) -- Native Americans in Michigan have been working hard to lead healthier lives this year. The American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program at 1-855-372-0037...
article Application for casino smoking lounges nearly double in a week
(Macau) -- A total of 27 casino venues in Macau have applied for 404 licences to operate smoking lounges inside their premises, the Health Bureau (SS) has announced. The...
article Smoke Lingers at Bars, Casinos 10 Years After No-Smoking Law
(Pennsylvania) -- On a hot, hazy August afternoon, the lunch crowd at the Rosecliff Tavern in Monroeville is winding down. A sign on the door warns in bold white letters...

9/22/2018

article Toxic Thirdhand Smoke Still Lingers In A Casino Months After Ban
(California) -- Thirdhand smoke, or the residue left behind from cigarette smoke, rested on surfaces in casinos for months, even after a smoking ban went into affect in...

9/18/2018

article Calif. AG Blasts Tribal Biz's Challenge To Tobacco Taxes [sub req]
(California) -- California's attorney general on Monday urged a federal court to dismiss a business entity of the Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians...

9/14/2018

article Construction begins on new non-smoking addition at Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort
(Minnesota) -- Construction is already underway on a new 20,000 square foot expansion at Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort just outside of Granite Falls. According to...

9/7/2018

article TOBACCO KING: Indigenous billionaire businessman's lavish lifestyle
(Canada) -- Ken Hill may well be the wealthiest Indigenous businessman in Canada. The billionaire Six Nations resident launched the world’s largest private...

8/31/2018

article CDC: Smoking Rates Highest Among Native American/Alaska Native Teens
(USA) -- Tobacco use remains higher among American Indian/Alaskan Native teens than among other racial and ethnic groups in the United States with the exception of...
article CDC: Smoking Rates Highest Among Native American/Alaska Native Teens
(USA) -- Tobacco use remains higher among American Indian/Alaskan Native teens than among other racial and ethnic groups in the United States with the exception of...

8/21/2018

article Tribal Cig Cos. Say Justices Should Weigh ATF Records Row (sub req)
(New York) -- Cigarette companies owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to pause its ruling that the companies must let the Bureau of...

8/20/2018

article OP/ED: Time to clear the air on casino smoking
(New York) -- Voters in both St. Louis County and St. Charles County may end up with competing proposed smoking bans to choose from this fall: one that bans it entirely...

8/8/2018

article Petitions submitted by casino-funded group to put limited smoking restriction on Nov. 6 St. Louis County ballot
(Missouri) -- A committee funded by the owner of the Hollywood Casino on Wednesday turned in almost 53,000 signatures to try to put new casino smoking restrictions on...

8/2/2018

article Juul warns U.S. against banning flavored tobacco
(Washington D.C.) -- Juul Labs came out swinging against a possible across-the-board prohibition on flavored tobacco, claiming it would be a detriment to adult smokers...

7/30/2018

article Big Sandy Ranchera Enterprises challenging California tobacco laws
(California) -- A corporation owned by a Native American tribe is challenging California regulations regarding tobacco. Big Sandy Ranchera Enterprises filed a complaint...

6/18/2018

article Experts Discover Hard Evidence that Native Americans were Smoking Tobacco 3000 Years Ago
(Alabama) -- According to the Science Magazine, experts who have been examining an ancient Native American pipe for several years have made a remarkable discovery. New...

5/30/2018

article Federal Law Applies In Native Cig Tax Suit, 2nd Circ. Told [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government on Tuesday told the Second Circuit that a lower court wrongly dismissed some claims in a cigarette tax battle between the...

4/5/2018

article The Indigenous tobacco trade is an Aboriginal right. Why is Canada criminalizing it?
(Ottawa) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims that there is no more important relationship than the one with Indigenous peoples and committed to a renewed nation-to-...

3/29/2018

article The Fight to Keep Tobacco Sacred
(USA) -- Tobacco has become a much-maligned plant in modern society. Cigarettes, which typically contain dried leaves from a tall, hybrid species called Nicotiana...

3/21/2018

press release United States Tribal Territories (Indian Reservations) Tobacco/E-Cigarette Products Market 2018
(USA) -- The "US tribal territories - A Unique Opportunity for the Vaping Trade?" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

3/14/2018

press release Tribe to host tobacco awareness night
(Michigan) -- The public is invited to attend the second annual “Smoke Pigs Not Cigs” tobacco awareness event March 21 at the Big Bear Arena on Ice Circle...

3/5/2018

article Smoking Bans May Not Rid Casinos of Smoke
(California) -- Toxic residue from smoking remains on surfaces inside a casino for months after smoking has been banned there, a new study has found. "Casinos are...

3/1/2018

article 1 in 14 women still smokes while pregnant, CDC says
(USA) -- About one in 14 pregnant women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 smoked cigarettes during her pregnancy, according to a report released Wednesday. The...
article Minnesota researchers seek to use American Indian imagery, once used to sell cigarettes, to cut tobacco use
(Minnesota) -- Tobacco companies used American Indian imagery and stereotypes for decades to sell cigarettes to the nation's white majority. Now Minnesota...

1/29/2018

article Effect of Illinois smoke-free law on casino revenue is topic of dispute
(Illinois) -- The Illinois law that banned smoking in casinos hasn’t negatively impacted casino numbers and dollars, according to a new study in the journal Tobacco...

1/20/2018

article Nunavummiut urged to quit smoking
(Nunavut) -- As national Non-Smoking week starts on Sunday in Canada, the Government of Nunavut has asked Nunavut residents to do their part in preventing tobacco...

1/18/2018

article American Indians in Minnesota Reclaim Traditional Tobacco
(Minnesota) -- Along with the trend of spontaneous collaborations last year, some organic collaborations have also emerged. In Minnesota, a number of American Indian...

1/11/2018

article St. Regis Mohawk Tribe suspends wholesale tobacco licenses; tribe owed $103,745 in licensing fees
(New York) -- The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Compliance Department recently completed an investigation into the improper sale and distribution of New York State-...

1/4/2018

article Marlboro Maker Philip Morris Says It Wants to Quit Cigarettes. Anti-Smoking Advocates Are Skeptical
(USA) -- Philip Morris International (PMI), the Big Tobacco giant behind popular brand name cigarettes like Marlboro and Parliament has made what it calls a “...
article State Police: Man arrested after he was found with untaxed smokes
(New York) -- State Police have arrested a Gloverville man, accused with being found with dozens of cartons of untaxed cigarettes. State Police say they responded to a...

1/1/2018

article American Indians in Minnesota reclaiming traditional tobacco
(Minnesota) -- Mat Pendleton pulled his kids away from the basketball and video games on a recent Saturday to teach them a bit about a long-lost tradition. Not far from...

12/31/2017

article Some Lawsuits Can Proceed Over Cigarettes Touted As Natural
(New Mexico) -- A U.S. judge in New Mexico has dismissed more than two dozen complaints against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes but is allowing others to move...

12/28/2017

article Judge dismisses dozens of complaints against Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co.
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge in Albuquerque has dismissed more than two dozen complaints against Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., but allowed others to proceed against...

12/19/2017

article Three veterans criminally charged in connection with sale of cigarettes
(Michigan) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office approved criminal charges against multiple veterans who formerly lived at the Grand Rapids Home for...

12/9/2017

article Michigan Indian tribe getting into cigarette business
(Michigan) -- An Indian tribe in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says it has federal approval to get into the cigarette business. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community...
article Tribe gets into tobacco business
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tobacco Company (KBICTC) soon will be putting its permit to manufacture tobacco into effect after receiving approval Nov...

11/8/2017

article Award-winning documentary looks at Native Americans' complex relationship with tobacco
(Minnesota) -- Tobacco use has been dropping in Minnesota for years, but there is one community where nicotine addiction remains stronger than ever.

11/6/2017

article Wyoming cigarette tax could go up $1 per pack. But questions about reservation sales remain.
(Wyoming) -- Smokers in Wyoming would pay an additional $1 per pack and roughly $10 more per carton under a measure given a tentative green light by the Legislature...

10/7/2017

article 3 NY state agencies targeting sale of contraband cigarettes (sub req)
(New York) -- The New York tax department has joined forces with two other state agencies in an effort to reduce sales of contraband cigarettes.The partnership is with...

9/29/2017

article Cali. Court Affirms $765,000 Fine For Tax-Free Cigarettes [sub req]
(California) -- A California appeals court on Thursday held up a $765,000 fine given to a member of the Alturas Indian Rancheria tribe for selling tax-free cigarettes at...

7/28/2017

article Who Gets to Sell Cigarettes Without Taxes?
(New York) -- American Indians introduced tobacco to the rest of the world centuries ago, and the nicotine-laden herb remains an important part of their culture and...
article FDA to target addictive levels of nicotine in cigarettes
(Oklahoma) -- For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive. U.S. Food and Drug...

7/15/2017

article Frailey, Smith: Further efforts needed to protect Oklahoma kids from tobacco products
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma has made tremendous progress reducing smoking, with the smoking rate among high school students falling by 56 percent since 1999.

6/30/2017

article Trucker Beats $1.3M Fine Over Unstamped Cigarettes In NY
(New York) -- The New York tax tribunal threw out a $1.26 million fine against a Native American truck driver who was transporting unstamped cigarettes to an Indian...

6/29/2017

article Metro Council wants more answers, defers bar, casino smoking ban vote until August
(Louisiana) -- The push to ban smoking in Baton Rouge's bars and casinos died and was resurrected within the course of a few minutes Wednesday night, but Capital...

6/18/2017

article Pa.'s rule on casino smoking 'simply doesn't work'
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania's 50-50 rule on casino smoking spaces fails for an elementary reason, says a scientist behind numerous studies of gaming areas. "...

5/25/2017

article Tribal Cigarette Distributor Can't Skirt Recordkeeping Rules [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- A D.C. federal judge held Wednesday that Contraband Cigarettes Trafficking Act recordkeeping requirements apply to Native American entities, a blow...

5/22/2017

article Smoking ban pushed for all Pennsylvania casinos, bars
(Pennsylvania) -- Some casino-goers who don’t smoke support smoking inside the Rivers Casino. Others who don’t smoke say that smoking in the casino is OK...

5/21/2017

article Northern Panhandle Counties Debate Smoking Ban Changes
(West Virginia) -- Officials in West Virginia’s three northernmost counties are being asked to decide which is more important to their constituents — public...

5/18/2017

article Throwback Thursday: Tax protest at Onondaga Nation turns violent in 1997
(New York) -- Disagreement over an impending commerce agreement between New York State and the Iroquois Confederacy came to a head on the afternoon of May 18, 1997 along...

5/13/2017

article Tribe Members' Suit Over Cig Sale Prosecutions Gets Nixed (sub req.)
(Washington) -- A Washington federal judge on Thursday freed three law enforcement agents from a suit with which Native American tribe members had attempted to block...

5/3/2017

article Economist: The unintended consequences of hiking Oklahoma’s cigarette tax
(Oklahoma) -- Last fall, while responding to a shooting, police in New Jersey became suspicious of one of the victims and searched a nearby building. Inside they...

4/28/2017

article Piapot First Nation youth want a drug-and-alcohol-free community
(Saskatchewan) -- The chief and junior chief of the Piapot First Nation are taking a strong stance against drugs and alcohol in their community. On Thursday, the youth...

4/23/2017

article Tribes could benefit from cigarette tax increase -- or not
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal treasuries could be collateral beneficiaries of a state cigarette tax increase, but it’s not clear Oklahoma’s Indian nations are all...

4/14/2017

article Feds Move To Get Agents Out Of Tribe’s Cigarette Sales Row (sub req.)
(Washington) -- Federal prosecutors asked a Washington judge Thursday to dismiss the remaining defendants in litigation brought by four Native American tribes seeking to...

3/30/2017

article Wash. Tribes Escape Sanctions In Cigarette Sales Row [sub req]
(Washington) -- A Washington federal judge refused Wednesday to sanction attorneys for members of four Native American tribes who unsuccessfully tried to block state...

3/26/2017

article First Nations teens create innovative smoking prevention campaign for B.C. youth
(British Columbia) -- First Nations teens and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) have announced a new smoking prevention campaign aimed at preventing the use of...

3/24/2017

article Judge rules against UPS in untaxed cigarette case
(New York) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that UPS ignored "red flags" that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian...

3/23/2017

article Up to 54% of Aboriginal teens in B.C. smoke tobacco, says health authority
(British Columbia) -- New statistics about Indigenous youth and commercial tobacco use in British Columbia have sparked a video commercial and a campaign showing its...

12/13/2016

article Appeals court rules Yakama Nation can't sue over tobacco tax
(Washington) -- A federal appeals court says the Yakama Indian Nation can't sue to block collection of a federal tax on tobacco products made by a company on the...

11/17/2016

article Study compares reach of quitlines to number of tobacco users for different racial/ethnic groups
(USA) -- Quitlines, hotlines that provide free cessation services for smokers, appear to be reaching minority populations that typically underutilize cessation...

11/10/2016

article Local events celebrate Great American Indian Contributions and the Great American Smokeout
(Montana) -- National Congress on American Indians (NCAI) reports that November “is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to...
press release Minnesota American Indians tell their tobacco stories in new documentary
(Minnesota) -- A new documentary exploring tobacco use among American Indians in Minnesota will premiere on public television this month.

11/7/2016

article Feds Prevail In Effort To Collect $6.4M From Tribal Cig Co. [sub req]
(Washington) -- A Washington federal judge on Monday ordered Native American-owned tobacco manufacturer King Mountain Tobacco Co. Inc. to cough up more than $6.4 million...

10/13/2016

article Jury Rejects Claims by American Indians
(New York) -- A federal jury has ruled in New York's favor in a lawsuit filed by American Indians who claimed state troopers used excessive force while breaking up...

9/26/2016

article New county restrictions may send young smokers to Seneca shops
(New York) -- Starting Nov. 1, it will be illegal for stores in Cattaraugus County to sell tobacco products to people under age 21. But some are concerned young adults...

9/1/2016

article Tribe Takes Tobacco Tax Fight to 9th Circuit
(Washington) -- Facing a $23 million federal tax bill it doesn't believe it should pay, a Native American-owned tobacco company urged the Ninth Circuit to keep its...

8/10/2016

article Mohegan Sun manager joining Louisiana casino
(Connecticut) -- A Mohegan Sun executive instrumental in the resort’s ongoing hotel overhaul has jumped ship to a casino down South. Michael Hamilton, Mohegan’s vice...
article New Approach Needed for Tribes' Anti-Smoking Efforts
(Indiana) -- A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said some racial and ethnic groups have much higher smoking rates than others, and health...

8/6/2016

article Indian tobacco is a blast from the past in Redding
(California) -- An exciting population of native tobacco plant has emerged from its seed bank in Redding. It's difficult to know how long it has been waiting there...

8/5/2016

article Smoking rates decline overall, except among Native Americans: CDC Report
(USA) -- Native Americans have the highest smoking rate and the trend continues to grow only, unveils a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

6/16/2016

article Smoking Out the Facts
(Arizona) -- If Native Americans had a communal Facebook page, their relationship status with tobacco might say, “It’s complicated.” Archeologists...

5/12/2016

article School Activities May be Key to Tobacco Cessation for American Indian Adolescents
(Missouri) -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indian adolescents have higher rates of cigarette smoking than other racial or ethnic...

5/9/2016

article School activities may be key to tobacco cessation for Native American adolescents
(Missouri) -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Native American adolescents have higher rates of cigarette smoking than other racial or ethnic...

4/14/2016

article Kansas Enters Cigarette-Sale Agreement with Two Tribes
(Kansas) -- The state of Kansas has been facing the prospect of losing $60 million in annual tobacco payments. The money currently funds children’s programs such...

4/13/2016

article Opinion: Indigenous tobacco trade not 'contraband' industry
(Canada) -- The recent arrests of four indigenous men in Quebec on tobacco-related charges clearly demonstrates how the federal government and police callously demonize...
article Member of St. Regis tribe faces charges for untaxed cigarettes
(New York) -- A member of the St. Regis Mohawk Indian tribe is accused of illegally transporting untaxed cigarettes to a Seneca Nation distributor. Ian Tarbell, 43, was...

4/9/2016

article Graphic cigarette labels could help reduce smoking among American Indians
(Missouri) -- Graphic cigarette labels could be effective at reducing smoking rates in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) communities, according to research from the...

4/7/2016

article 2 tribes, state of Kansas enter into cigarette-sale compacts
(Kansas) -- A sign advertising "discount smokes" outside of The Nation Station convenience store on a reservation in northeast Kansas draws Prairie Band...

3/30/2016

article Nascar Driver Derek White Targeted in Tobacco-Smuggling Operation
(Canada) -- Nascar driver Derek White was among almost 60 people targeted by Quebec and Ontario police in the biggest tobacco-smuggling bust in North American history,...
article Family pleads guilty to sale of contraband cigarettes at Puyallup store
(Washington) -- Members of a family accused of a long history of illegally selling cigarettes have pleaded guilty to dealing contraband smokes. Investigators found...

3/25/2016

article Kansas agrees with Native Americans to account for tobacco sales on tribal lands
(Kansas) -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has praised the Kansas Legislature for approving two compacts seeking to increase cooperation with Native American...

3/23/2016

article Legislature approves tribal compacts to better enforce tobacco sales
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Legislature has approved two compacts aimed at increasing cooperation between state and Native American tribes on accounting for tobacco sales on...

2/17/2016

article Tribe: Cigarette seizures infringe on sovereignty
(Michigan) -- The Michigan State Police have seized two shipments of untaxed cigarettes headed to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, confiscating 184 cases. The tribe...

2/16/2016

article State Police troopers seize cigarettes headed to KBIC businesses
(Michigan) -- The Michigan State Police seized 184 cases of cigarettes that were destined for retail sale by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on February 9. According...

1/26/2016

article Cigarette magnate Rodney Morrison sentenced to over 12 years
(New York) -- A former cigarette magnate on the Poospatuck Reservation in Mastic has been sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in federal prison in a scheme to sell...

1/18/2016

article Montana program aims to help Native Americans quit smoking
(Montana) -- A new program has launched aimed at helping Native Americans in Montana quit tobacco. The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services recently...

1/16/2016

article The sleeping dog of contraband cigarettes
(Ontario) -- So here we are, in Deb’s Restaurant, cigarettes burning away in the ashtrays, waiting for one of the blue-plate specials to come off the grill.

1/15/2016

article Kahnawake developing own tobacco code
(Quebec) -- The Mohawk community of Kahnawake is on its way to regulating its tobacco industry. It’s something local tobacco producers and retailers have resisted...

1/7/2016

article Helena parks board won't recommend changing tobacco ban in response to religious concerns
(Montana) -- A request to modify the ban on tobacco use in Helena’s parks to accommodate Native American ceremonies failed Wednesday to win support from the City-...

1/5/2016

article Quit-line targets three groups who smoke in alarming numbers
(Colorado) -- Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to kick a smoking habit? The CDC reports that the number of people who smoke in the U.S. is at an all-time low...

1/3/2016

article As predicted, New York managed to lose huge amounts of sin tax money
(New York) -- New Years is a good time for everyone to take stock of their performance over the past year and see what improvements might be made going forward, and this...

12/26/2015

article Cigarette tax revenue plunges as smokers buy outside New York
(New York) -- Albany has really blown it — tax revenues from cigarettes are up in smoke. New York state cigarette tax collections have plunged by about $400...

11/26/2015

article Lower Sioux Indian Community focuses on keeping tobacco sacred
(Minnesota) -- Mat Pendleton grew up on the Lower Sioux reservation, and over the years he has learned a lot about his culture, especially as it relates to tobacco and...

10/4/2015

article American Spirit Cigarettes Targeted in Lawsuit over Deceptive Marketing
(Florida) -- Unless you live under a rock, you know that all forms of smoking are dangerous. However, the manufacturer of American Spirit cigarettes, Santa Fe Natural...

8/25/2015

article New Colorado QuitLine Customized For Native American Smokers
(Colorado) -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking is more common among American Indians than any other racial and ethnic group...

8/14/2015

article Mohawk man facing fine and jail time for transporting tobacco
(Ontario) -- A Mohawk man is facing a hefty fine and jail time…. After he was found transporting a truck load of cigarettes through southern Ontario.

7/17/2015

article Man Sentenced for Trafficking $4+ Million of Contraband Cigarettes
(Missouri) -- A New York man was sentenced in federal court Thursday for his role in a multi-million dollar, multi-state conspiracy to transport hundreds of thousands of...

7/15/2015

article Kahnawake moves to regulate aboriginal trade in discounted cigarettes
(Quebec) -- Kahnawake’s band council will license the local cigarette trade before the end of this summer, according to Grand Chief Joe Norton.

6/9/2015

article Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Goes Smoke-Free
(South Dakota) -- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council recently passed the Smoke-free Air Act, making it the first tribe in South Dakota to make sure indoor public...

6/1/2015

article NEW YORK POST: How the government wasted tobacco’s $200B windfall
(New York) -- Here’s the sleeper scoop of the week: Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement with the nation’s cigarette makers. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Come on,...

5/22/2015

article Feds return cigarette shipment to Fresno County tribe
(California) -- The federal government has returned a $610,000 shipment of cigarettes that was intercepted in Southern California en route to the Big Sandy Rancheria in...
article Senator: State may be getting raw deal from tobacco settlement
(Nebraska) -- A state senator wants to know why Nebraska is taxing its residents $55.5 million a year for tobacco purchases, giving nearly all of that money to a fund...

5/2/2015

article Feds seize large Fresno County tribal cache of cigarettes
(California) -- Another Central California Indian tribe has a beef with the federal government. Federal agents seized more than $600,000 in cigarettes destined for the...

3/20/2015

article First Nations across Manitoba gather to talk about tobacco
(Manitoba) -- First Nations across Manitoba came together to talk about tobacco. They discussed life-threatening effects caused by smoking and the positive ways tobacco...

3/16/2015

article Native American Tobacco Co. Stuck With $60M Tax Ruling
(New York) -- A Washington federal judge on Monday blocked a Native American tobacco producer from relitigating an estimated $60 million excise tax payment the company...
article U.S. Supreme Court turns down King Mountain Tobacco case
(Washington) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments that the Yakama Nation’s treaty rights should exempt a tribal member’s cigarette...

3/13/2015

article Tobacco Prevention Campaigns For Native Americans Tell Kids To 'Keep It Sacred'
(Wyoming) -- In most schools, campaigns to keep students from smoking use simple slogans like “Be Smart, Don’t Start,” but those targeting Native...

2/19/2015

article Brownback: Changes to reservation tobacco sales needed to keep settlement money
(Kansas) -- Kansas’ handling of tobacco sales on tribal reservations could jeopardize its share of the tobacco settlement money that was supposed to fund children...

2/5/2015

article Onondaga Nation stops making cigarettes amid tax issue, but still sells native brands
(Washington D.C.) -- Two years after the Onondaga Nation started making and selling its own cigarettes to avoid state and federal taxes, it has shut down its...
article Alberta Crown stays contraband tobacco charges against former Montana FN chief
(Alberta) -- Alberta authorities have stayed contraband tobacco charges against the former chief of the Montana First Nation. The Alberta Crown in the case entered the...

2/4/2015

article Charges stayed against former chief of Montana Cree First Nation
(Alberta) -- Carolyn Buffalo, former chief of the Montana Cree First Nation in Maskwacis, Alta. will not be returning to court to face tobacco smuggling charges.

12/18/2014

article Smoke shop plans concern Atikmeksheng resident who lives nearby
(Sudbury) -- A resident of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, west of Sudbury, says plans for a new store on a quiet residential street show the need for land use rules in First...

12/12/2014

article KANE: We Won't Be Choked—We're Right And You Know It
(New York) -- Now that the NYPD has literally been caught on video choking a man to death for defying the most oppressive taxation scheme in the United States and then...

11/30/2014

article USDA given second extension in Reynolds lawsuit
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Agriculture Department has been given a second extension – until Tuesday – to make its initial response to a lawsuit filed by...

11/13/2014

article C-10 given Royal Assent, now “Canadian” law
(Ontario) -- The second shoe has hit the floor with the passage of Bill C-10 last week in Ottawa. The controversial bill intended to criminalize those who draw their...

10/26/2014

article Tobacco, taxes, treaty rights: In pursuit of a cigarette empire
(Washington) -- Nine years ago, in a quiet corner of the Yakama Reservation where the sprawling Lower Yakima Valley meets the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Delbert...

9/26/2014

article Tribe's Treaty Doesn't End Its State Obligations
(Washington) -- The Yakima Nation must contribute to a master settlement with tobacco manufacturers, the 9th Circuit ruled today, rejecting claims that its treaty...

9/9/2014

article $58 Million Judgment Adds To Woes Of Cigarette Maker On Yakama Reservation
(Washington) -- A federal judge in Eastern Washington has ruled a cigarette maker on the Yakama Indian Reservation owes $58 million in unpaid taxes and penalties.

9/5/2014

article King Mountain Tobacco must pay $58M in taxes, penalties
(Washington) -- King Mountain Tobacco owes $58 million in back taxes and penalties, a U.S. District Court judge in Yakima ruled in rejecting the Yakama reservation-based...

8/31/2014

article Circuit Unlikely to Give Tribe Pass on Settlement
(Washington) -- Insisting that the Yakima Nation must contribute to a master settlement with tobacco manufacturers, an attorney for Washington said the tribe's...

8/18/2014

article MUST READ: RJR, Santa Fe Take on Tribe / Suit challenges Onondaga Nation over trust fund fees
(New York) -- The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is taking on tribal cigarette manufacturers in a fight that has already included covert investigations, aerial surveillance...

8/17/2014

article TOBACCO: Six Nations to take concerns to Senate
(Ontario) -- Six Nations is seeking to take its opposition to Bill C-10 to the Senate to explain how the proposed legislation discriminates against band members and...

8/16/2014

article R.J. Reynolds suit challenges tribes over cigarette fees
(Washington) -- The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is taking on tribal cigarette manufacturers, in a fight that has already included covert investigations, aerial...

7/30/2014

article Tribal Business Owes Oklahoma $47 Million in Smokes Revenue
(Oklahoma) -- According to Susan E. Huntsman, Director at Crowe & Dunlevy and Vice-Chair of the firm's Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group, the Oklahoma...

7/28/2014

article MORON ALERT: NACS Submits Statement on Tobacco Tax Evasion
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing today to address tobacco tax evasion, an issue about which NACS has long been active in...

7/27/2014

article Shinnecock Nation To Become Sole Distributor Of Cigarettes At Reservation Shops
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation is planning to adopt a tobacco ordinance that would make tribal government the sole official distributor of cigarettes to...

7/8/2014

article At highest risk for cancer, American Indians struggle to change lifestyles
(Minnesota) -- Inside the cavernous Base Camp facility at Fort Snelling, a long line of cancer survivors made a slow procession around the perimeter of the former...
article Cancer rate higher for tribal members
(Minnesota) -- American Indians in Minnesota have significantly higher rates of cancer than the general population, a troubling trend that experts in part link to...
article High smoking rate raises cancer incidence for Indians
(Minnesota) -- Native Americans in Minnesota have significantly higher rates of cancer than the general population, a troubling trend that experts in part link to...

7/2/2014

article BURN IN HELL: Remembering MacDougall: Tough on Tribes
(New York) -- For many in the industry, John MacDougall, CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, who died June 21, was an eternal optimist, a mentor and friend who was...

6/30/2014

article Chapter Twenty | Operation Chainsmoker
(Washington) -- Frank’s Landing is located in Nisqually, Washington, at an interchange of Interstate 5, near Norma’s Burgers, a popular lunch joint, and...

6/11/2014

article Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds $47.7 million award over contraband cigs
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a $47.7 million judgment awarded to the state over the sale of illegal contraband cigarettes, an activity the...

6/10/2014

article Ontario chiefs reject Canada’s anti-contraband tobacco legislation
(Ontario) -- Chiefs in Ontario have voted in favour of rejecting another piece of government legislation Tuesday at a conference in Toronto. This time, chiefs are saying...

6/7/2014

article Study finds high rate of cigarette smoking in NW Alaska
(Alaska) -- The rate of cigarette smokers in rural northwest Alaska topped the charts when compared to all other counties around the United States for 2012, according to...

5/31/2014

article Bill C-10 continues government attack on sovereignty
(Ontario) -- According to Chief Shining Turtle, Franklin Paibomsai, Bill C-10, the Tobacco Bill, is yet another government attack on First Nations.

5/30/2014

article Family wants 376,852 packs of cigarettes taken in Puyallup raid returned
(Washington) -- Nearly six years after state Liquor Control Board agents raided an Indian smoke shop in Puyallup, relatives of the shop’s owner are still fighting...

5/17/2014

article Review: News Affecting Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- A new tobacco tax compact between the Kialegee Tribal Town and the state of Oklahoma is now in effect. Each of the state's 38 federally recognized...

5/6/2014

article Kialegee Tribal Town, Oklahoma sign tobacco tax pact
(Oklahoma) -- The Kialegee Tribal Town has signed a tobacco tax compact with the state of Oklahoma, which went into effect this month. The compact between the tribe and...
article Quitting the habit: New program helps stop tobacco use
(Arizona) -- Can’t quit smoking or chewing tobacco? Then consider visiting the Tobacco Cessation Clinic at Tsehootsoi Medical Center for help.

5/3/2014

article Confiscating contraband or seizing sovereignty?: State and Leech Lake band at odds over selling cigarettes
(Minnesota) -- When the state of Minnesota confiscated a shipment of tribal tobacco enroute to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation it was viewed by the band as an...

4/30/2014

article Tobacco smuggling between Canada-U.S. results in 25 arrests
(Quebec) -- Quebec provincial police, along with the RCMP and Canadian and U.S. border police services, have arrested 25 people, seized 18 guns and 10 vehicles as they...

4/28/2014

article State seizes Leech Lake Band's cigarettes
(Minnesota) -- A debate has been sparked over the legality of selling tribally stamped cigarettes on the Leech Lake reservation.

4/27/2014

article Minnesota, Leech Lake Band square off over cigarette tax
(Minnesota) -- The state of Minnesota and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are locked in a dispute over cigarettes and sovereignty.
article State seizes Leech Lake Band's cigarettes
(Minnesota) -- A debate has been sparked over the legality of selling tribally stamped cigarettes on the Leech Lake reservation. The Minnesota Department of Revenue...
article Eighth Circuit Affirms Injunction against South Dakota Ban on Native Prisoner Tobacco Use
(South Dakota) -- Here is the opinion in Native American Council of Tribes v. Weber. An excerpt:

4/26/2014

article State of Minnesota Tries to Stamp Out Tribal Sovereignty with Seizure of Tribal Cigarettes
(Minnesota) -- Under the direction of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Revenue Agents seized a shipment of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (the “...
article Leech Lake Band, Minnesota spar over unstamped cigarette sales
(Minnesota) -- On April 18, the Minnesota Department of Revenue confiscated 2,810 packs of unstamped cigarettes on their way to the Leech Lake Reservation.
article Tobacco ruling is a victory for Native American inmates
(South Dakota) -- A tobacco ban in South Dakota prisons violates the constitutional rights of Native American inmates, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

4/10/2014

article KANE: The Unwritten Rules of the Cuomo Cabal
(New York) -- Three years ago a couple of “Let’s Talk Native…” regulars and I made the trip to Albany to try to get some straight answers to a...

3/31/2014

article Report: High cigarette tax fuels black market in Arizona
(Arizona) -- A cigarette tax higher than in neighboring states and cheaper prices on American Indian reservations have helped fuel a growing black market for cigarettes...

3/27/2014

article The RCMP Is Spending Nearly $100 Million to Spy on the Mohawks’ Black Market Tobacco Trade
(Canada) -- The same Conservative government that dismissed a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women as too costly, has allocated $91.7 million over...
article Women accused of profiting from tax-free cigarettes
(New York) -- Two Wayne County women said they were just trying to help out family and friends. They admit to traveling to Indian reservations to purchase tax-free...

3/26/2014

article Study claims Arizona second in nation for smuggled cigarettes
(Arizona) -- A cigarette tax higher than neighboring states and cheaper prices on American Indian reservations have helped fuel a growing black market for cigarettes in...

3/24/2014

article Attorney generals fear federal retreat on tribal tobacco tax enforcement
(New York) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other state attorneys general are alarmed that federal enforcement of a law aimed at Indian-tribe tobacco...
article AGs concerned about Indian-tribe tobacco sales
(Washington D.C.) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other state attorneys general are alarmed that federal enforcement of a law aimed at Indian-tribe...

3/4/2014

article River Rock Smoke Shop opens at I-5 Exit 210
(Washington) -- The Stillaguamish Tribe's third River Rock Smoke Shop opened with a full day of fanfare on Friday, Feb. 28, as the convenience store and gas station...

2/26/2014

article Harper government aiming guns at First Nation tobacco trade, say stakeholders
(Canada) -- it’s the omnibus crime bill and an amendment in introduced late last year deals with trafficking contraband tobacco.

2/12/2014

article Ottawa giving RCMP cash for high-tech surveillance targeting Mohawk tobacco trade
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is continuing its battle against the underground Mohawk tobacco trade by giving the RCMP new high-tech border surveillance tools,...

1/29/2014

article Federal judge says tribal tobacco company owes up to $60M taxes
(Washington) -- A U.S. District Court judge has ruled the Yakama Nation’s treaty rights don’t exempt a tribal cigarette manufacturer from having to pay...

1/10/2014

article N.Y. C-stores See Little Benefit From Tribal Tax Change
(New York) -- It's been more than two years since the courts gave New York State the go-ahead to collect an excise tax on national brand cigarettes sold on Native...

1/8/2014

article Oklahoma governor, tribe work out tobacco tax terms
(Oklahoma) -- The state has signed a new deal with the Comanche Nation on its tax rate on tobacco sales. A signed agreement was filed Wednesday with the Secretary of...
article Working against tobacco
(North Dakota) -- Members of an interim legislative committee heard testimony about tobacco prevention efforts on reservations throughout the state Wednesday.

1/6/2014

article Oklahoma Wins Arbitration Opinion on Tribal Tobacco Sales
(Oklahoma) -- An arbitration panel handling disputes between the state of Oklahoma and two native American tribes over tobacco compacts issued rulings favorable to the...

12/30/2013

article Arbitration panel rules in favor of Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- A three-member arbitration panel handed down opinions today favorable to the state of Oklahoma involving disputes with two American Indian tribes over...

12/28/2013

article Arbitrators rule for state in tribal tobacco compacts
(Oklahoma) -- A federal arbitration panel ruled in favor of the state of Oklahoma and against two American Indian tribes on Friday. The Absentee Shawnee Tribe and the...

12/25/2013

article Akwesasne smoke shop ordered to stop selling counterfeit Marlboros
(New York) -- A cigarette maker got a court order in Syracuse this week to stop a store in Northern New York from selling large amounts of counterfeit Marlboros.

12/20/2013

article State Police Have "Person Of Interest" In Smoke Shop Arson Investigation
(New York) -- New York State Police investigators said they have identified a male Shinnecock Indian Reservation resident as a person of interest in their investigation...

12/10/2013

article Judge reserves decision, chief already plans appeal
(Manitoba) -- The evidence is in, but four men charged in connection with a smoke shop that sold cut-rate cigarettes will have to wait a couple of months to find out if...

12/7/2013

article Law fails to stop cigarette flow from Native American tribes
(New York) -- When Congress passed a law in 2009 effectively banning mail-order deliveries of cigarettes, it was expected to snuff out entrepreneurs on New York’s...

12/3/2013

article Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma decision against tobacco company
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Oklahoma's right to collect payments from a tobacco company for cigarettes sold to American Indians.

11/28/2013

article Cherokee Nation approves new tobacco compact with state
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved a new 10-year tobacco compact recently to send to Gov. Mary Fallin’s office by the end of the year, and...

11/24/2013

article Oklahoma, tribes working on new tobacco tax deals
(Oklahoma) -- In tribal nations, tobacco taxes fuel essential services for its members and translate into jobs, health programs and construction. The Comanche Nation...

11/22/2013

article Ruling in Comanche lawsuit could affect Creek Nation's tobacco compact
(Oklahoma) -- The outcome of a federal lawsuit the Comanche Nation filed against the state of Oklahoma arguing that compacts between the state and tribes are unfair...

11/21/2013

article US judge sides with Comanche Nation in dispute with governor over tobacco compact
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge in Oklahoma City sided with the Comanche Nation on Thursday in a dispute with the governor's office over the state's tobacco...
article United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck banning tobacco except for sacred use
(North Dakota) -- United Tribes Technical College has banned tobacco on its Bismarck campus. College President David Gipp signed the policy Thursday on the annual Great...

11/20/2013

article Editorial: New compact system will fight tobacco tax cheating
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation tribal council has approved a new 10-year tobacco compact with the state. The agreement with the tribe is the latest in a series of...
article Tobacco tax tiff could cost tribe $500,000 a month
(Oklahoma) -- Amid a dispute with the governor's office and faced with the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in tobacco tax revenue, the Comanche Nation on...

11/18/2013

article Cherokee Nation Passes New Tobacco Compact With State of Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Council has passed legislation to create a new tobacco compact with the State of Oklahoma. Titled “Cherokee Nation-State of...

11/14/2013

article SEMANS: Waging War by Taxation on Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Oh, what dangerous times we live in. In the days of our ancestors, it took the cavalry and then some to change our way of life. But now, because states...

11/13/2013

article Cherokee Nation approves new tobacco compact with state
(Oklahoma) -- A 10-year tobacco compact between the Cherokee Nation and state of Oklahoma was passed by the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council on Tuesday. It now goes to...
article Tribal Cigarette Co. Says Treaty Wipes $60M Tax Debt
(Washington) -- Native American cigarette producer King Mountain Tobacco Company Inc. told a Washington federal court Tuesday that a $60 million Internal Revenue Service...

11/8/2013

article Man Convicted In Akwesasne Cigarette Smuggling Operation
(New York) -- A 67 year old South Carolina tobacco broker has been convicted in connection with cigarette smuggling on the Akwesasne Indian Reservation.

10/14/2013

article $475k Penalty for Cig Trafficking on Reservation for Non-Indian Man
(New York) -- A New York district court judge has ordered a $475,000 fine on a non-Indian man charged with illegally selling millions of tax-free cigarettes on the...

10/4/2013

article 59 percent of American Indians in Minnesota smoke, new study reveals
(Minnesota) -- A lifestyle practice among American Indians around the state constitutes a “public health crisis.” What is it?

9/30/2013

article Tobacco compacts expire
(Oklahoma) -- Tobacco compact extensions for more than 20 tribes expire this week and at press time, many still do not have a new agreement in place with the state of...

9/23/2013

article Ottawas Sign New Tobacco Compact With Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- A seventh Oklahoma tribe has reached an agreement with state officials for a new tobacco compact, reported Native American Times. Ottawa Chief Ethel Cook...

9/21/2013

article Court Rules Big Tobacco Must Pay New York $92 million
(New York) -- Big Tobacco companies are required to pay New York State $92 million even though the state failed to collect taxes on Indian reservation cigarette sales...

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