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Ray Halbritter on Fox News

Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter appeared on the Fox Business News show “Varney & Co.” Wednesday morning. Halbritter talked with host Stuart Varney about the Nation’s production of cigarettes and diversification of businesses that has led to the Nation Enterprises’ success.

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2/11/2019

article Tribal Cos. Can't Escape NY's Contraband Cigarettes Suit [sub req]
(New York) -- A New York federal judge on Monday rejected a magistrate's recommendation to dismiss a suit by the state against Native American-owned companies in...

8/23/2018

article Feds investigating Irondequoit men in alleged fraud case
(New York) -- The I.R.S. wants to seize the home of an Irondequoit man who they say is part of a fraud case involving untaxed and black market cigarettes. The case...

6/29/2018

article Court Upholds Tax on Smokes Sold on Indian Reservations
(New York) -- The state’s highest court, the New York State Court of Appeals, has ruled against a Seneca Nation businessman, who challenged the state’s...

6/11/2018

article Court Rules: State Can Impose Tax On Indian Cigarettes
(New York) -- The New York State Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a decision from 2010 on Thursday making it legal for the state to tax all cigarettes sold on Indian...

6/7/2018

article Court rules it's legal to tax cigarettes sold to non-Native Americans on reservations
(New York) -- Millions of cigarettes are sold every year in New York State. But when it comes to those sold on Native American reservations, the state says they're...
article NY top court: Tax on Indian-reservation cigarettes is legal
(New York) -- New York’s top court on Thursday upheld a state law imposing taxes on cigarettes purchased on Indian reservations by non-Indians. The owner of a...

4/1/2018

article VIDEO: Man builds his own highway off-ramp
(New York) -- A man is building what appears to be his own off-ramp on a New York highway that leads to his business. Eric White is a member of the Seneca Indian Tribe...

3/30/2018

article Man building his own off ramp on New York state highway
(New York) -- A man is building what appears to be his own off ramp on a New York highway that leads to his business. Eric White is a member of the Seneca Indian Tribe,...
article Seneca cigarette tax dispute causes businessman to build possible new Thruway exit in Western NY
(New York) -- If you drive on the New York Thruway often, you might notice some construction on the side of the road about six miles south of the Angola Travel Plaza. A...

8/7/2017

article LEGAL BLOG: ALJ Cancels Penalties for Possession of Unstamped Cigarettes
(New York) -- In an interesting decision that vividly describes an actual seizure of unstamped cigarettes, but (more importantly) addresses questions of statutory...

5/31/2017

article New York Tax Evasion Case Shows That State Attempts to Ban ‘Buttlegging’ Aren’t Just Smoke and Mirrors
(New York) -- Cigarette smuggling, or “buttlegging,” has been making the news recently, including a Virginia smuggling ring purchasing cigarettes under false...

5/30/2017

article UPS Must Pay $247 Million to N.Y. Over Untaxed Cigarettes
(New York) -- UPS Inc. must pay $247 million to the state and city of New York for what a judge called the company’s "egregious and prolonged" failure to...

5/16/2017

article Acting US solicitor general told: Back New Jersey’s sports betting bid
(Washington D.C.) -- Saying that the case is more than just a gambler’s issue, New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone has called on the acting US solicitor general to...

3/28/2017

article Judge rules against UPS in N.Y. cigarette case
(New York) -- U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest found the parcel giant and third-party logistics provider violated state law by transporting hundreds of...

3/27/2017

article NY Judge Says UPS On Hook In King-Size Cig Tax Row [sub req]
(New York) -- A New York federal judge ruled Friday that UPS Inc. is liable for allegations by the Empire State and New York City that the shipping giant helped traffic...
article UPS found liable to NY for shipping untaxed cigarettes, but will judge OK $873M penalty?
(New York) -- A judge has found United Parcel Service to have turned a blind eye to shipments of untaxed cigarettes to New Yorkers from American Indian reservations that...

1/25/2017

article Federal Judge Rules Against Tribes in Cigarette-Tax Dispute
(New York) -- State laws that tax tobacco sales by Native American vendors to non-Native Americans do not infringe on tribal sovereignty or other constitutional rights,...

1/20/2017

article Judge dismisses UPS shareholder suit over untaxed cigarettes
(New York) -- A Delaware judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by United Parcel Service shareholders over allegations that the company illegally shipped untaxed cigarettes...

11/7/2016

article FedEx Bid To Compel Tobacco Suit Discovery Searches Nixed [sub req]
(New York) -- Officials in New York suing Federal Express for allegedly making illegal shipments of untaxed cigarettes from Native American reservations will not have to...

9/19/2016

article Will UPS Stock Be Hurt By $872 Million Cigarette Delivery Lawsuit?
(New York) -- Shares of United Parcel Service (UPS) were higher in late-afternoon trading on Monday despite the Atlanta-based package delivery service being sued by New...

7/28/2016

article NY Defends Doc Bid In Cigarette Tax Case Against FedEx [sub req]
(New York) -- New York officials on Thursday urged a federal judge to compel FedEx to turn over shipping records and other documents in their suit alleging the courier...

7/24/2016

article Cigarette tax appeal involves tens of millions of dollars
(New York) -- Arthur Montour owes the State of Oklahoma $47 million, and, so far, three different courts have told the Gowanda businessman and former Seneca Tribal...

7/7/2016

article FedEx Isn't Turning Over Tobacco Shipping Records, NY Says [sub req]
(New York) -- The city and state of New York accused FedEx of refusing to turn over documents they say are crucial to supporting their claims that the courier is...

6/23/2016

article UPS Gets Defense Revived In NY's Untaxed Cigarettes Suit [sub req]
(New York) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday reinstated a defense UPS raised against allegations by New York City and the state's attorney general that it...

6/8/2016

article NY authorities say UPS knowingly shipped untaxed cigarettes
(New York) -- Authorities said Tuesday they have proof UPS knowingly shipped about 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Native American reservations to consumers...

6/7/2016

article NY authorities say UPS knowingly shipped untaxed cigarettes
(New York) -- Authorities said Tuesday they have proof UPS knowingly shipped about 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Native American reservations to consumers...

4/19/2016

article NY Must Show More Evidence In UPS Untaxed Cigarette Suit [sub req]
(New York) -- The city and state of New York suffered a partial loss Tuesday when a federal judge ruled they had not adequately supported certain claims alleging UPS...

4/4/2016

article FedEx Must Face NY Suit Over Untaxed Cigarette Shipments
(New York) -- The city and state of New York prevailed in their efforts to keep alive a lawsuit accusing FedEx of illegally shipping untaxed cigarettes from Native...

2/9/2016

article OP/ED: Big Tobacco is suffocating Indians' cigarette business
(New York) -- The burgeoning Native American cigarette trade, so vital for the existence of many tribes, has become the setting for a David vs. Goliath battle among...

12/27/2015

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...

10/19/2015

article New York Gets $550 Million in Tobacco Deal
(New York) -- An agreement ending a decadelong dispute between New York and major tobacco companies will deliver $550 million to the state, New York City and other...

7/30/2015

article Independence man, wife get probation in cigarette case
(Missouri) -- Two Independence residents have been sentenced to probation for their role in a multimillion-dollar contraband cigarette network. Craig Sheffler, 45, was...

3/3/2015

article Indian tobacco company rebuffed in another dispute with state
(New York) -- An Indian tobacco company has come to the end of the road in yet another battle with a state government. Native Wholesale Supply Company is located on the...

2/20/2015

article Untaxed Cigarettes Lead to New York Lawsuit Against UPS
(New York) -- The city and state of New York have sued package carrier UPS for shipping untaxed cigarettes to residences and unlicensed vendors. UPS illegally shipped...

2/19/2015

article Untaxed cigarettes snuffing out NY tax income
(New York) -- New York has a $1.4 billion problem. That’s an estimate of how much money the state loses each year because smokers find ways to avoid paying state...

2/18/2015

article New York Expands Fight on Smuggled Cigarettes With UPS Suit
(New York) -- New York regulators sued United Parcel Service Inc. over shipments of untaxed cigarettes, expanding a fight against illegal tobacco deliveries in a state...
article New York state lawsuit claims United Parcel Service shipped untaxed cigarettes
(New York) -- New York authorities have accused United Parcel Service in a federal lawsuit of shipping 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in the state between 2010...
article UPS Illegally Shipped 136 Million Contraband Cigarettes In New York, Says New Lawsuit
(New York) -- A new multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit alleges that UPS unlawfully shipped almost 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, undercutting anti-...

2/10/2015

article Majority of WNY smokers buy at reservations
(New York) -- New York State has the highest cigarette tax rate in the country, so it’s no surprise that smokers are turning to a cheaper source for their smokes....

3/31/2014

article FedEx sued over cigarette taxes
(New York) -- FedEx has cheated New York state out of more than $10 million in taxes by shipping more than 400,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes to New York residents...

12/31/2013

article New York City Seeks Millions From FedEx for Cigarette Smuggling
(New York) -- New York City filed a RICO lawsuit against Federal Express, accusing it of defying the state attorney general by shipping "several tons" of...

12/30/2013

article FedEx Accused of Racketeering in Untaxed Cigarettes Lawsuit
(New York) -- Federal Express Corp. was accused by New York City of taking part in a racketeering conspiracy by shipping tons of untaxed cigarettes from a Long Island...
article NYC sues FedEx for illegally shipping cigarettes to homes
(New York) -- New York City has sued FedEx Corp, accusing the package delivery company of illegally delivering millions of contraband cigarettes to people's homes,...
article NYC sues FedEx over cigarette deliveries from shop on Indian reservation
(New York) -- The City of New York filed a civil lawsuit on Monday accusing FedEx of illegally delivering tons of untaxed cigarettes to city residents from a distributor...

12/5/2013

article NACS: New York Tribes Continue to Violate Federal Tobacco Laws
(New York) -- The 2009 Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act was expected to end (or sharply reduce) mail order deliveries from New York’s Indian reservations, but...

12/2/2013

article Government lawsuits seen as slowly snuffing out NY Indian sales of untaxed cigarettes
(New York) -- Two recent lawsuits by New York City are the latest in a string of government legal actions that have left the state's once-booming Indian reservation...

4/21/2013

article Vacco smells smoke in case
(New York) -- Former Attorney General Dennis Vacco is crying foul about the uneven enforcement of New York cigarette taxing laws and charges that improper motivations...

3/4/2013

article N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sues major contraband cigarette dealers for evading state taxes
(New York) -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday that his office has filed a lawsuit against two companies for illegally selling contraband...

8/22/2012

article BLOG: Court Slaps Cigarette Wholesalers For Selling Cheap Smokes
(New York) -- With cigarette tax revenues down, the city and state have to find their bucks somehow, and enforcing existing tax laws is certainly one way. So happy news...
article City Wins Summary Judgment in Untaxed Cigarette Action
(New York) -- A federal judge has granted summary judgment to New York City on its claim that cigarette wholesalers violated the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act by...
article New York City wins ruling over untaxed cigarettes
(New York) -- Two tobacco wholesalers are on the hook for failing to prepay taxes on cigarettes sold to retailers on Native American reservations, a federal judge in...
article Tobacco Companies Broke Law by Selling Untaxed Cigarettes, Judge Rules
(New York) -- A federal judge ruled last week that two tobacco wholesalers illegally skirted paying millions of dollars in taxes by selling truckloads of untaxed...

8/6/2012

article Tax department blocking testimony from cigarette enforcement chief
(New York) -- On July 6, 2011, Deputy Commissioner of Tax Enforcement Richard Ernst emailed a memo titled "Cigarette Enforcement" to investigators in the state...

7/4/2012

article New York State Holds Seized Cigarettes in Defiance of Court Order
(New York) -- The New York state is holding onto a truckload of untaxed Indian-made cigarettes worth $2 million despite a court ruling ordering the state to return the...

7/2/2012

article New York state holding on to seized Indian cigarettes
(New York) -- New York officials are holding on to a truckload of untaxed Indian-made cigarettes they seized, challenging the recent order of a state judge who said the...

6/29/2012

article Charles Kader: Overdue decision on tobacco seizure in New York
(New York) -- "On June 18, 2012, in a New York courtroom, in picturesque St. Lawrence County, a decision was reached in a legal matter that pitted belief against...

6/25/2012

article Roll-your-own cigarettes win New York state tax fight
(New York) -- A new and savvy player dealing in loose tobacco rolled and packaged in retail stores but taxed far less than cigarettes has beaten New York's governor...

6/22/2012

article Judge: State has ‘No legal Authority’ to Seize Untaxed Indian Cigarettes in Out-of-State Sales
(New York) -- A New York State Supreme Court justice has ruled that the state had no legal authority to seize and hold a shipment of untaxed cigarettes that were...

6/21/2012

article Judge: State Police Had No Right To Seize Cigarettes
(New York) -- A state Supreme Court judge has ruled state police had no right to seize a truckload of untaxed Native American-made cigarettes earlier this year.
article State judge says police have no right to seize native cigarettes bound for out of state
(New York) -- A judge ordered State Police to give back a truckload of untaxed, native-made cigarettes, dealing a blow to officials pushing a state policy requiring tax...
article NYC sues Seneca cigarette dealer
(New York) -- The City of New York filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a cigarette dealer on an Indian reservation in western New York, claiming that the business has been...

6/20/2012

article NYC sues Seneca cigarette dealer
(New York) -- The City of New York is suing a cigarette dealer on an Indian reservation in western New York, claiming the business flouted state and federal law by...

6/1/2012

article Does the Shadow of Big Tobacco Loom Behind the Recent Seizure of Mohawk Cigarettes?
(New York) -- In the summer of 2011, the Altria Group, the biggest of the Big Tobacco companies and the parent company of Philip Morris USA, released a “white...

4/30/2012

article Indian Cigarette Chaos
(New York) -- On these flatlands that make up the New York side of Akwesasne -- the St. Regis Mohawk reservation -- three similar-looking buildings have risen along...
article Senator Who Sought Indian Tobacco-Tax Gets 7 Years on Corruption Charges
(New York) -- A former state senator who relentlessly attacked the Seneca Nation of Indians and other indigenous communities for selling tax-free cigarettes on Indian...

4/7/2012

article Judge hears arguments on seized cigarettes
(New York) -- A state Supreme Court judge listened to arguments Friday afternoon on whether New York can tax American Indian cigarettes leaving reservations in New York...

3/1/2012

article Ray Halbritter on Fox News
(New York) -- Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter appeared on the Fox Business News show “Varney & Co.” Wednesday morning. Halbritter...

2/29/2012

article Ray Halbritter Talks Tax-Free Cigarettes and Free Enterprise on Fox News
(New York) -- Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter defended the tribe’s tax-free cigarette sales on the reservation and shared how the Nation is an...

2/23/2012

article BLOG: Native American Cigarette Tax Arbitrage
(New York) -- New York State has the highest cigarette taxes in the nation, which also means it features the most aggressive tax avoidance schemes. For a while, the...
article Indian-Made Cigarettes Are Cheap As Hell Upstate
(New York) -- The reason a ten-pack carton of cigarettes can go for as little as $40 in the state of New York, despite the $4.35-a-pack tax, is that sovereign Indian...
article State seizing Indian-made cigarettes
(New York) -- The state since June has seized more than 5 million cigarettes made by Native American companies for failure to pay required state excise taxes.

2/22/2012

article In Tax Fight, Tribes Make, and Sell, Cigarettes
(New York) -- The trucks lumber past cornfields and dilapidated farm houses, pull up to a onetime bingo hall and unload their cargo: boxes of tobacco imported from the...

2/6/2012

article Tax chief deputizes IG staff to permit use of returns
(New York) -- Under a unique arrangement, the entire staff of the state Inspector General's Office quietly gained a powerful crime-fighting tool last month -—...

1/23/2012

article New York's roll-your-own cigarette trade under fire for tax loophole
(New York) -- Loral Wilcox used to buy her cigarettes at the Onondaga Nation smokeshop until she stumbled upon the new Tobacco House outlet in DeWitt.

1/13/2012

article $130m Expected From Indian Cigarette Taxes Stubbed Out: Awkward!
(New York) -- The New York legislature’s scheme to bolster the state’s coffers by forcing Indian nations to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on reservations...

12/26/2011

article MORON ALERT: Consider this: Another New York state senator goes down
(New York) -- After Carl Kruger resigned from the state Senate last Tuesday and pleaded guilty to four counts of bribery and conspiracy, his lawyer asked the judge who...

12/22/2011

article Shinnecock medicine man wants IRS to sweat / L.I. smoke shop boss sues over $329G tax lien
(New York) -- An indian medicine man is accusing the tax man of crimping his ability to run a sweat lodge and other spiritual activities on a Long Island reservation,...

12/21/2011

article Senator Admits Bribery Charges
(New York) -- Speaking haltingly and in between sobs, once powerful New York state Sen. Carl Kruger pleaded guilty to corruption charges Tuesday, admitting he accepted...

12/20/2011

article MORON ALERT: Weepy Kruger resigns, admits taking $1 million in bribes
(New York) -- Blubbering former state Sen. Carl Kruger tearfully pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges at a Manhattan courthouse Tuesday, ending nine months of...

12/11/2011

article Deep divisions seen in Unkechaug tribe
(New York) -- Current and former leaders of the Unkechaug Indian Nation are waging an explosive war of words in a barrage of recent court filings that expose deep...

12/8/2011

article Native Sun News: Tribes preparing for PACT Act consultation
(Washington D.C.) -- In a continuing crusade against Native American tribal sovereignty, states are of late purposely distorting the intent of a federal law originally...

11/21/2011

article Low-Tax Cigarettes, Made in Store, Draw City Lawsuit
(New York) -- Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, as Freud supposedly said, but when is a cigarette a cigarette? The city filed suit last week against a “roll your...

11/11/2011

article Seneca president 'deeply concerned' by reports of new state policy
(New York) -- Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter said today he is "deeply concerned" by reports he is getting that state taxation officials may soon...

11/4/2011

article 'Taxed out' NYC smokers are rolling their own
(New York) -- At Island Smokes on New York City's Lower East Side, customers sick of the highest tax on cigarettes in America are fighting back by rolling their own...

11/3/2011

article Watching a policy go up in smoke
(New York) -- When the Cuomo administration announced in July that the state would crack down on tax-free cigarette sales on Indian reservations, state officials...

10/27/2011

article Poll shows near split on cigarette taxes
(New York) -- Taxation of cigarette sales on Native American reservations is an issue on which voters appear to be almost evenly split.

10/18/2011

article New York Convenience Stores See Boost in Cigarette Traffic
(New York) -- Cigarette sales at area convenience stores and gasoline stations are slowly inching up as supplies of name-brand smokes drop at Oneida Indian Nation smoke...

10/17/2011

article Changes in Native American Tax Collection Boost N.Y. C-stores
(New York) -- New York State's victory in its battle to collect cigarette excise taxes from Indian reservations has had an unexpected -- but not unwelcomed --...

10/14/2011

article Oneidas’ won't sell brand-name smokes, boosts other stores
(New York) -- The smokers are coming back! Local gas stations and convenience stores appear to be experiencing an uptick in sales over the last couple of weeks as the...

9/23/2011

article Seneca Tribe Wins One in US Courts
(New York) -- In June 2010 President Barack Obama signed into law The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act) preventing the illegal sale of cigarettes and...

9/21/2011

article Cigarette mailing ban on Senecas is upheld
(New York) -- A federal appeals court upheld a ban on the mailing of cigarettes by Seneca Nation businesses Tuesday but left intact an injunction against the collection...

8/19/2011

article Tribes Manufacture Cigarettes to Side-Step State Tax
(New York) -- Since New York began enforcing the collection of state excise taxes on premium cigarette brands sold on reservations to non-Indians in June, many tribes...

8/17/2011

article Tribal Cigarette Brands Take Shelf Space; Avoid State Excise Taxes
(New York) -- Less than two months after New York State lawmakers won a court battle to collect excise tax on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations to non-tribe members...
article Tribes Leveraging Tobacco
(New York) -- The expansion of cigarette-making on Native American reservations in the state of New York is, in part, an entrepreneurial response to a major shift in...

8/16/2011

article Highway Fight Widens Gulf Between State and Seneca Nation
(New York) -- The westernmost spur of the New York State Thruway is a lonely four-lane road, lined by leafy sugar maple trees and little else.
article Tribes Rolling Out Cigarettes
(New York) -- For decades, Justin Tarbell's family has enticed smokers to visit their convenience stores on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation here by selling tax-free...

7/28/2011

article OP/ED: Smoke and taxes revisted in N.Y.
(New York) -- The Cuomo administration cracks down on some tax-free sale of cigarettes by Indian tribes. Some $27 million is at stake for New York this fiscal year alone.

7/27/2011

article Smoke Shops Deal With Cigarette Tax
(New York) -- In the wake of a new New York State initiative to enforce the collection of cigarette taxes from Native American sellers, local smoke shop operators and...

7/26/2011

article DREVESKRACHT: Maybe it is about the Money: Making Economic Sense of the New York Cigarette Fiasco
(New York) -- Last month I wrote an article in the Native American Times where I argued that, from an economic standpoint, New York State’s recent legal attack on tribal...

7/25/2011

article NY tobacco tax collections kick into high gear
(New York) -- New York authorities expect to bring in an additional $27 million in tax revenue through new efforts to enforce the state's $4.35 tax on cigarette...

7/18/2011

article Senecas vow to resist Cuomo’s crackdown
(New York) -- Against the backdrop of a pledge by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be more aggressive in collecting sales taxes from tobacco sales on Indian land, the leader of the...

7/17/2011

article At Central New York's Indian smoke shops, the Marlboro Man rides away
(New York) -- The Marlboros are on their way out at Indian-owned stores. Kools, too. Camels, Newports, Winstons, Salems. Taking their place: Seneca, Niagara’s,...

7/16/2011

article New York begins tax collections on Indian cigarettes
(New York) -- In a renewed effort to collect state taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products sold by Indian-operated companies, officials have seized $1.2 million worth...
article State Brings In $1.2 Million
(New York) -- Although state officials are touting results of about three weeks of cigarette tax collections on American Indian soil, some Native Americans are taking...
article BLOG: Cuomo just says No
(New York) -- It’s starting to look like substance abuse day here at the Capitol. Or at least a day for the Cuomo Administration to rip on any number of mind...
article Gov. Cuomo enforces taxes on cigarette sales, seizes $1.2M from Indian tribes who flaunt laws
(New York) -- Gov. Cuomo has launched his long-awaited crackdown on cigarette tax evasion on the state's Indian reservations. "It has been our consistent...
article State and feds beef up cigarette actions
(New York) -- State officials announced Friday that they have stepped up enforcement of cigarette-tax collections, which includes going after wholesalers that supply...
article State seizes 19,744 cartons of untaxed cigarettes as tax enforcement on Indian reservation sales steps up
(New York) -- Officials have seized cigarettes and other products worth $1.2 million in tax revenue after a court ruled it can tax Indian tobacco sales last month.

7/15/2011

article BLOG: Indian tobacco tax ruling=$27 million
(New York) -- New York State should get $27 million in tax revenue from cigarettes sold by native American operators this fiscal year, state officials said Friday in a...
article N.Y. begins tax collections on Indian cigarettes
(New York) -- After decades of delay, New York has started collecting taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products sold by Indian-operated companies.
article N.Y. taxes American-Indian cigarettes
(New York) -- New York began enforcing tax laws on previously tax-free cigarette sales by American Indian retailers, seizing thousands of tobacco products.
article Senecas won’t collect state taxes on “territorial commerce”
(New York) -- Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter just issued a statement in response to the news briefing on tobacco that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and other...
article State focuses on taxing brand-name cigarettes on reservations
(New York) -- The Cuomo administration said today that for the time being it will not move ahead with new tax-collection efforts against the growing trade of Native...
article Cigarette Vendors, American Indian Reservations Face Crackdown On Untaxed Goods
(New York) -- State officials say they're increasing their enforcement efforts of untaxed tobacco products, saying that a renewed push has led to the seizing of...
article Cuomo Administration Announces New Cigarette Tax Enforcement Efforts
(New York) -- New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday directed Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy, Director of State Operations Howard Glaser, and New York State...
article Cuomo's cig crackdown
(New York) -- Gov. Cuomo may soon be able to check off another item on Albany's long-ig nored to-do list: cracking down on illegal sales of tax-free cigarettes on...
article State Confiscates Tax-Free Tobacco Products
(New York) -- Secret surveillance of Native American smoke shops and the seizure of thousands of tobacco products are part of the Cuomo Administration's stepped-up...
article State, federal agencies step up cigarette-tax enforcement
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced today that the state Department of Taxation and Finance, State Police and federal Bureau of Alcohol,...

7/14/2011

article Gov: NYS will crack down on tobacco tax collections
(New York) -- Armed with a favorable court ruling, New York state has started an aggressive path to seize revenues from Indian-operated tobacco retailers who are selling...

7/13/2011

article State intercepts tax-free cigarettes
(New York) -- The state has begun a crackdown on tax-free sales of cigarettes by American Indian retailers, including seizure of thousands of tobacco products in recent...

7/12/2011

article NEW YORK POST: State cigarette smuggler rules: Just butt out
(New York) -- Leave cigarette smugglers alone. That's pretty much the message that went out last week from the New York State Department of Taxation to its investigators...

7/5/2011

press release ATF and TTB Accept $1.25 Million Cigarette Settlement
(New York) -- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge New York Field Division Ronald B. Turk and Thomas Crone, Assistant...

7/1/2011

article Cigarette Debate Hurts Businesses
(New York) -- The debate rages on between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State over taxing tobacco sales on Native American property.
article Tribe weighs tobacco options
(New York) -- At a community meeting Wednesday night, representatives of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe said they were considering the boycott of American cigarettes in...

6/24/2011

article For now, court ruling gives advantage to state in tug-of-war over tobacco tax
(New York) -- The legal tug-of-war over state attempts to tax cigarettes sold by Indian tribes to non-Indian customers tilted back in favor of the state Tuesday,...

6/23/2011

article Review of tax collection ruling will be sought
(New York) -- New York state recently scored a victory in the decades long battle with the six nations of the Iroquois League in trying to tax cigarettes on reservations.

6/22/2011

article Appeals court allows state to collect tax on Senecas' cigarettes
(New York) -- New York’s decades-old quest to tax the millions of cartons of cigarettes sold by Indian tribes to non-Native customers was revived on Tuesday after...
article NY State Gets Go-Ahead to Collect Taxes on Tribe Cigarette Sales
(New York) -- New York State can move forward with collecting taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian tribes to non-tribal members now that the Appellate Division of the...
press release Seneca Nation Statement on Appeals Court Ruling
(New York) -- The following is a statement from Seneca Nation of Indians President Robert Odawi Porter about today’s Appellate Court ruling involving a state law...
article Senecas determined while NYS wins smoke case
(New York) -- The Seneca Nation of IndiansbizWatch have vowed to continue to their legal fight against New York’s efforts to collect taxes on tobacco sales made on...
article TRO Lifted in Latest New York Cigarette Tax Decision
(New York) -- The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division lifted a temporary restraining order issued June 9 by the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court...

6/21/2011

article Appeals court gives go-ahead to cigarette tax
(New York) -- A New York state appeals court on Tuesday lifted a temporary restraining order that prohibited the state from collecting taxes on cigarettes sold to non-...
article Appellate Court Rules Against Senecas in Tobacco Tax Issue
(New York) -- A state appellate court has ruled against the Senecas in their fight to keep cigarette sales on Indian land to non-natives from being taxed by the state....
article Court lifts order against NY Indian cigarette tax
(New York) -- The Seneca Indian Nation is awaiting the outcome of its latest effort to keep New York state from taxing reservation cigarette sales to non-Indian...
article Kolb lauds ruling allowing cigarette taxes on Native American lands
(New York) -- Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb released the following on his reaction to the court ruling today:
article New York Court Allows Resumption of Tax Collection on Tribal Sales
(New York) -- The on-again/off-again enforcement of tax collection in Indian sales of cigarettes to non-Indian customers in New York is on again — for now —...
article NY can collect taxes on Indian territory
(New York) -- The Seneca Nation of Indians have vowed to continue to their legal fight against New York’s efforts to collect taxes on tobacco sales made on...
article Oneida Indian Nation Responds to Ruling
(New York) -- “Today’s ruling has not changed the fact that our customers will continue to be able to purchase lower cost cigarette brands manufactured by...
article Setback spurs Senecas to top N.Y. appeal
(New York) -- In the wake of Tuesday's court ruling that dealt the Seneca Nation a setback in its bid to block the state from taxing tobacco sales to non-Indians on...

6/14/2011

article PRESIDENT PORTER: State’s efforts are losing battle
(New York) -- Your story with the headline: "State wins, SNI loses" (June 9) suggests two things: First that the battle over New York state's efforts to...

6/12/2011

article Court Issues Another Ban on State Taxes in Tobacco War
(New York) -- New York State has been blocked again from taxing cigarettes sold on Indian reservations. Associate Justice Jerome C. Gorski of the Appellate Division of...

6/10/2011

article Seneca Nation Gets Stay on Cigarette Taxes
(New York) -- A New York appeals judge has granted the Seneca Nation a reprieve from the start of state cigarette tax collection until Monday, June 20. The Seneca Nation...
article Winners & Losers, June 10th edition: Robert Odawi Porter
(New York) -- The president of the Seneca Nation of Indians won a short-term victory when yet another stay was issued on the collection of cigarette taxes on his...

6/9/2011

article Appeals court issues another stay in cigarette-tax battle
(New York) -- A Native American tribe on Thursday secured another stay blocking New York State from collecting taxes on cigarettes sold at reservation stores to non-...
article LETTER: Indians deserve a tax advantage
(New York) -- So Jim Calvert ("At last, a fair standard of tax collection," Commentary, June 1) thinks we should all have our shorts in a bunch because...
article N.Y. Indian Tribe Wins Stay After Adverse Court Ruling
(New York) -- The Seneca Indian Nation won a stay in the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court in New York in its battle with the state over the collection of...
article NY judge rules against Indians on cigarette sales
(New York) -- An action by an upstate American Indian nation to block the state from taxing cigarettes sold at Indian reservations to non-members was struck down...
article Seneca Nation gets another delay on New York collecting its cigarette tax
(New York) -- New York state is under another court order preventing it from taxing cigarettes sold by Seneca Indian Nation retailers to the general public at...
article Seneca Nation gets another order preventing cigarette tax
(New York) -- Following up on their promise to appeal a court decision yesterday, the Seneca Nation of Indians won a stay in state court today, holding off the state...
article Senecas Granted Stay
(New York) -- A temporary restraining order will once again bar the state from collecting taxes on cigarettes sold to non-Indians on Native American territory at least...
article State Judge Lifts Block on Cigarette Taxes
(New York) -- A New York State Supreme Court judge has lifted a temporary restraining order that she had imposed three weeks ago, which blocked the state from collecting...

6/8/2011

article Court says state can collect cigarette tax on American Indian reservations
(New York) -- A state Supreme Court judge in Erie County sided with the state on Wednesday, lifting a temporary restraining order that had prevented the collection of...
article Order banning collection of cigarette taxes lifted
(New York) -- A judge Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order that had stopped the state from collecting taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations to non-...
article Senecas Lose Another Decision
(New York) -- Seneca Nation officials have lost another court battle in their legal pursuit to stop the state from collecting tax on sales made to non-Native Americans...
article State administration vows to move swiftly to start collecting cigarette taxes
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration said Wednesday it will move swiftly to begin taxing cigarettes sold on American Indian reservations to non-Indian...

6/7/2011

article Ruling expected this week in NY cigarette tax saga
(New York) -- The Seneca Indian Nation is awaiting a judge's decision in its latest challenge of New York state's efforts to tax reservation cigarette sales to...
article Sale of cigarettes on reservations to the public: Federal court lifts one injunction, State court enters another
(New York) -- In the latest developments in the continuing saga of New York State’s attempts to collect taxes on reservation sales of cigarettes to non-Indians, a...

6/3/2011

article Temporary restraining order barring tax collection on cigarettes is extended
(New York) -- The state will not be able to collect taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian retailers to non-Indians for another week as a judge considers a Seneca Nation bid...

6/1/2011

article Seneca Indians make case against taxing cigarettes
(New York) -- A judge on Wednesday extended a temporary order preventing New York state from following through with plans to tax cigarettes sold on American Indian...

5/30/2011

article LETTER: Cigarettes are taxable regardless of maker
(New York) -- Tribes are not exempt from remitting taxes on cigarettes. The tax isn’t on the tribes, it’s on non-tribal customers. Tribal manufactured...

5/20/2011

article LETTER: No tax exemption for Oneida-made cigarettes
(New York) -- I take issue with the Daily Sentinel article titled "Oneidas exempt from $4.35 tax on cigarettes" for two reasons: First, the tax isn’t on...
article More Tribes Make Own Cigarettes
(New York) -- JC Seneca is one of an increasing number of Indian businesspeople who are rolling — and selling — their own cigarettes, the Buffalo News...

5/11/2011

article A new twist in tax battle
(New York) -- Anybody wondering if New York will start collecting taxes on cigarettes sold in Indian country might be suffering from whiplash this week.
article Court Grants Seneca Nation Motion Stopping Tax Collection in Indian Country
(New York) -- A day after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit said that New York State can begin collecting taxes on cigarettes sold to non Indians on...
article Restraining order stops state from collecting cig taxes
(New York) -- The day after a federal appeals court ruled New York can collect excise sales taxes from cigarette transactions occurring on Native American reservations,...
article Court Bans Sale Of Tax-Free Cigarettes By Tribes
(New York) -- A New York State appeals court has unanimously upheld a 2010 state law requiring Native American tribes to charge state-levied taxes on cigarettes sold to...

5/10/2011

article Cigarette tax again blocked
(New York) -- A victory Monday for the state in federal court over its plan to collect a $4.35 per pack tax on cigarettes sold by Indian tribes, including the St. Regis...
article Court Backs Senecas
(New York) -- New York state taxes will not be collected on Native American-territory cigarette sales after all. Or, at least, they won't be collected until at least...
article Indians win delay in collection of cigarette tax
(New York) -- Hours after key wholesalers began cutting off supplies of major cigarette brands to Indian retailers, a state judge Tuesday temporarily halted the state...
article Judge stays ruling on cigarette taxes
(New York) -- One day after a federal court's ruling allowed the state to begin collecting tax on cigarettes sold on American Indian reservations, a state judge put...
press release Seneca Nation Motion for Temporary Restraining Order Granted
(New York) -- Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter and members of the Seneca Nation Council went to State Supreme Court in Erie County to file a motion for a...
article Tribes get temporary restraining order; state can't collect cigarette taxes yet
(New York) -- A state court issued a temporary restraining order this afternoon preventing the state Department of Taxation and Finance from collecting cigarette excise...
article YOUTUBE: Senecas get restraining order for taxes
(New York) -- The tobacco tax battle is heating up. The Seneca Nation of Indians is fighting back in court. The smoldering battle has ignited fiery protest in the past.
article 2nd Circuit Lifts Ban on Taxing Indians' Tobacco
(New York) -- New York can charge tax when Indian tribes sell cigarettes to non-tribe members on their reservations, the 2nd Circuit ruled. A federal judge for New York...
article 2nd Circuit sides with state; says taxes can be collected on sale of cigarettes to non-Indians
(New York) -- A federal appeals court on Monday lifted legal stays that have been blocking New York’s effort to collect taxes on cigarette sales by Indian-owned...
article Onondaga Nation plans to stop selling name-brand cigarettes
(New York) -- The Onondaga Nation will likely stop selling national brands of cigarettes after a federal appeals court decision Monday, the tribe's lawyer said.
article Sen. Hannon backs tribal tax bid as firm fights it
(New York) -- Maybe cigarettes make strange bedfellows. Or maybe it’s just large law firms. To wit, the law firm that represents the Unkechaug Nation in the...
article Tobacco wholesaler: 'It looks like it's over'
(New York) -- Two major tobacco wholesalers said this morning that they have shut off the tobacco supply line to Indian tribes across the state. "It looks like it's over...

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