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Mar 15, 5:52 PM EST

Amid Uncertainty, Wholesaler Stops Shipping Cigarettes To Senecas
By CAROLYN THOMPSON
Associated Press Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- One of the Seneca Indian Nation's largest cigarette
suppliers has stopped shipments to reservation smoke shops amid confusion over
whether it is legal, leaving the Senecas looking for other ways to keep their
shelves stocked.
Attea Milhelm & Bros. voluntarily suspended its daily shipments of tobacco
products until lawyers clear up questions surrounding the practice.
"Nobody knows exactly what's allowable," Rosemary Saffire, secretary at the
Buffalo wholesaler, said Wednesday.
A state law that took effect March 1 bars wholesalers from selling untaxed,
unstamped cigarettes to tribes. Although tax officials last month indicated
they would not immediately enforce the law, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's
office warned violators may be subject to criminal action.
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"We don't want to lose our license, so we're waiting to see," Saffire said.
Other suppliers have taken similar action.
Seneca President Barry Snyder accused Spitzer of threatening and
intimidating wholesalers and interfering with state policy.
A spokesman for Spitzer said the law passed by the Legislature and signed by
Gov. George Pataki was self-executing, meaning it is on the books regardless
of whether the state's Taxation & Finance Department or any other department
takes action.
"The law is in effect," spokesman Darren Dopp said.
Snyder has said hundreds of Seneca-owned businesses and 1,000 Seneca and
non-Seneca employees are threatened by the state's long-standing attempts to
collect tax on cigarettes sold by Indian retailers to non-Indian customers.
The 7,000-member Seneca Nation maintains 200-year-old treaties shield it
from tax collection on its two western New York reservations, allowing
businesses to sell cigarettes for far less than their non-Indian competitors who must
collect the state's hefty surcharges. Seneca retailers sold $347.5 million
worth of tobacco products in 2003.
Snyder said in a prepared statement that nation leaders and the business
community would work to develop a "protected source" of tobacco products to keep
Indian-run businesses open. He was out of town and unavailable to elaborate,
a spokeswoman said.
"Attea is exploring its options, but this is obviously a serious concern for
the nation and private businesses within the nation as Attea is a major
tobacco wholesaler," Snyder said.
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