May 2/97: Tax agreement extended to May 31


- posted to First Nations Digest by Sonja Keohane

Albany Times Union:
Friday, May 2, 1997
Associated Press

[SISIS note: The following mainstream news article is provided for reference only, as an example of how mainstream media treats indigenous resistance to genocide. It may contain biased and distorted information and may be missing pertinent facts and/or context.]

ALBANY -- Five Indian nations and the state agreed Thursday to extend interim compacts through the end of the month to give them additional time to settle a tax dispute.

They will also give the Indian nations more time to complete internal approval processes.

The Pataki administration is attempting to either collect sales taxes from wholesalers supplying cigarettes and motor fuel to reservations for sale to non-Indians or to reach agreements with the tribes to stop selling the non-taxed items to non-Indians at cheaper prices.

Those affected by the extensions are the Onondaga, Tuscarora, Tonawanda Senecas, Cayuga and Shinnecock reservations, which have agreed to raise the price of cigarettes on their reservations.

On Wednesday, the Oneida also agreed to a 30-day extension with the state. The Oneidas want to sell cigarettes and motor fuel.

The Seneca Nation of Indians, the Akwesasne Mohawks and the Poospatuck of Long Island have not yet reached an agreement with the Pataki administration.

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