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Tobacco wholesaler from Seneca Nation declares bankruptcy

Arthur Montour, the owner of Native Wholesale Supply on the Seneca Nation, has filed for bankruptcy, The Buffalo News reports.

Montour's company shipped the Seneca brand of cigarettes to tribes across the nation. He's faced numerous lawsuits from states, leaving him with more than $50 million in debt, the paper said.

Most of the money -- about $43 million -- is owed to the Department of Agriculture. The rest is owed to Oklahoma, New Mexico, Idaho and California for alleged violations of tobacco, taxation and other laws.

Montour is a former tribal councilor.

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