Cayuga Nation halts sale of tax-free cigarettes
The Cayuga Nation halted sales of tobacco products after a judge in New York said the tribe had to collect state taxes.

The tribe lost a major decision on Wednesday but plans to appeal. The judge refused to return more than 17,000 cartons of cigarettes and other tribal property that were seized by two counties in a raid last November.

Cayuga and Seneca counties claim authority because the two tribal smokeshops are located on properties that are not held in trust. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is working on an environmental impacts statement for the tribe's land-into-trust application.

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Cayuga Indians halt sale of untaxed cigarettes at two stores (The Syracuse Post-Standard 2/20)
Cayugas stop cigarette sales at their stores (The Auburn Citizen 2/20)
Land into trust won't hurt environment (The Auburn Citizen 2/20)

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Judge rules against Cayuga Nation tobacco sales (2/19)