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Court Upholds Tax on Smokes Sold on Indian Reservations

ALBANY, NY – The state’s highest court, the New York State Court of Appeals, has ruled against a Seneca Nation businessman, who challenged the state’s collection of taxes on non-native cigarettes sold at reservation shops.

The man who challenged the law, Eric White, owns several smoke shops, a tobacco wholesaling business, and recently made news for starting construction on what sources say is an off ramp from the Thruway onto his property on the Cattaraugus Reservation, in protest for his loss in an unrelated tax case.


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