Monday, December 1, 2008

Cayuga Indian Nation To Ask For Court To Order Return Of Property Taken In Raid

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The Cayuga Indian Nation in New York will seek the return of their cigarettes and cash that were seized from its smokeshops by county officials.

The tribe says that county authorities lacked jurisdiction when they raided smokeshops last week and siezed property. County officials claim that they have jurisdiction because the land on which the smokeshops conduct business is not reservation land.

“Maybe there use to be a reservation a long time ago, or there was a claim that there had been a reservation, but that claim is gone. There is no reservation there anymore," according to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann.

State authorities did not participate in the raid despite requests by county officials.

Tribes in New York sell cigarettes without charging sales taxes to its customers. County officials claim the Tribe is breaking the law.