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NY top court: Tax on Indian-reservation cigarettes is legal

ALBANY — New York’s top court on Thursday upheld a state law imposing taxes on cigarettes purchased on Indian reservations by non-Indians.

The owner of a Seneca Nation smoke shop on the Cattaraugus Reservation south of Buffalo had claimed the state law, adopted in 2010, violated the Buffalo Creek Treaty of 1842 because it effectively was a direct tax on Seneca Nation members.


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