New York court hears Cayuga Nation tobacco tax lawsuit

The New York Court of Appeals met today to hear the Cayuga Nation tobacco case.

In November 2008, authorities in Cayuga and Seneca counties seized cigarettes and property owned by the tribe. A state appellate court later ruled the counties lacked jurisdiction because the tribe's two smoke shops are on Indian land.

The counties filed an appeal and said the smoke shops are not on trust land. The Department of Justice submitted a brief to contest that claim.

Today's hearing took place in Syracuse. A large contingent of Cayuga Nation and Seneca Nation citizens gathered for the hearing.

Get the Story:
Western NY Iroquois arrive in Syracuse to support Cayuga Indians in sales tax case (The Syracuse Post-Standard 3/25)
Crowd expected in Columbus Circle as high court hears Cayuga Nation cigarette tax case in Syracuse (The Syracuse Post-Standard 3/25)
NY Top Court Weighs Tax Claim on Indian Cigarettes (AP 1/25)

New York Appellate Division Decision:
Cayuga Nation v. Gould (July 10, 2009)

New York Supreme Court Decision:
Cayuga Nation v. Gould (December 9, 2008)

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