Battle over Cayuga Nation tobacco continues
An appeals court in New York will hear arguments on April 3 in the Cayuga Nation tobacco taxation case.

Authorities in Seneca and Cayuga counties raided two tribal smoke shops and seized 17,600 cartons of cigarettes and other tribal property. The counties filed charges against the tribe for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

The tribe asked the appeals court to order the return of the cigarettes but the request was denied. The court also denied a motion by the counties to dismiss the case in order to proceed with the tax prosecution.

The smoke shops are located on land within the tribe's reservation but the properties are not held in trust.

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Motions in Cayuga Indian Nation cigarette tax case filed by nation, Cayuga and Seneca counties denied by appeals court (The Syracuse Post-Standard 3/6)

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