How you can help Seneca tax resisters


Support the tax resisters and send a message to Gov. Pataki that the state of New York has no business on sovereign native land.


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To: Governor George Pataki
Date: June 6, 1997
Fax #: (518) 473-7669

Subject: NY State taxes on Haudenosaunee territory

Dear Governor Pataki:

I wish to condemn, in the strongest terms possible, your state's use of violence and intimidation against the Seneca who have refused to sign the interim taxation agreement.

Perhaps you have not reflected on the implications of your actions. I would like to direct you to the words of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish jurist who coined the term "genocide". He wrote:

"Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killing of all the members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aimed at destruction of the essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves... Genocide has two phases: one, destruction of the national pattern of the oppressed group: the other, the imposition of the national pattern of the oppressor." - Axis Rule in Occupied Europe, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace/Rumford Press, 1944
The current actions of your state toward the nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy unambiguously qualify as genocide. That you seem to have been able to coerce or convince certain members of these nations to sign an agreement does not absolve you of your ultimate culpability.

You may feel that the current global political climate makes prosecution unlikely. I remind you that genocide is a Crime Against Humanity, and that unlike war crimes, there is no time limit on prosecution of this crime.

I urge you to withdraw your government's attempts to impose your taxation system on other nations.


[your name]

cc: Members of the NY State assembly and senate, National AIM, NY Times, and other media

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Seneca Nation of Indians
Route 438
Irving, NY 14081
Tel: (716) 532-4900, ext. 128


Governor George E. Pataki
Executive Chamber
Albany, New York 12224
Phone: (518) 474-8390
Fax: (518) 474-8099 / (518) 473-7669

Commissioner Michael H. Urbach
Department of Taxation and Finance
Albany, New York 12227
Phone: (518) 457-2244

US President Bill Clinton
Fax: (204) 456-2461

White House comment line: (202) 456-1414
    When asked to listen to the issues menu press 0, because the
    NY tax issue isn't listed.  State that you have heard about this issue
    and would like the President to give it his attention.
First Lady Hilary Clinton
Fax: (202) 456-6244

Commissioner Edward Mercado
New York State Division of Human Rights
Public Information Office


NY State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno
Albany, New York 12247
Phone: (518) 455-3191

The following list of senators' email addresses can be copied and pasted as a whole into the "To:" header of a letter.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

The following list of NY House reps' email addresses can be copied and pasted as a whole into the "To:" header of a letter.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter, 28th District, NY
Tel: (202) 225-3615
Fax: (202) 225-7822


Speaker of Assembly Sheldon Silver
Albany NY 12248
Phone: (518) 455-3791

Majority Leader Michael J. Bragman
Assembly District: 118

Minority Leader Thomas M. Reynolds

Email addresses of all NY Assembly persons can be found at:

The names are listed alphabetically. Clicking on a name brings up email and snail mail addresses, clicking on the email address will bring up the browser mail form.


NY State Police: Troop E
(Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates)
Troop E Headquarters
P.O. Box 25220
Canandaigua, NY 14425-0220
Tel: (518) 783-3211

National Guard at Albany
Tel: (514) 465-1618

New York State Police, Division State Police Headquarters
Van Steinberg, media liason/public information
Phone (518) 457-2180
Fax (518) 783-3298


The following list of New York media email addresses can be copied and pasted as a whole into the "To:" header of a letter.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
National Public Radio (NPR)
Ken Barcus, Eastern Region Editor
635 Massachussetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 414-3232
Fax: (202) 414-3329
NPR Buffalo:
Email: Suggestions for future topics should be sent to the addresses below. These are not to be used for press releases or other bulk-mailed material, which should be sent by snail mail or fax only.
All Things Considered:
Morning Edition:
Weekend Edition, Saturday:
Weekend Edition, Sunday:
Buffalo TV stations:

Group of nine local newspapers:

Syracuse Newspapers:

Click HERE for addresses of federal politicians and national media.


Ed Johnson, from the Buffalo office of AIM (national), recommends messages of support, solidarity, or condemnation of the NY authorities can be faxed to William "Grandpa Bear" Swanson, Executive director of NY chapter AIM (national) at 905-994-0011.

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