By Carolyn Thompson
Buffalo, New York (AP)

The Seneca Indian Nation is preparing to collect tolls on sections of the New York State Thruway that run through reservation land to protest the state’s plans to tax cigarettes destined for their discount smokeshops.

The tribal council also has authorized Seneca President Barry Snyder Sr. to spend $1 million to hire “emergency response personnel” to protect the Seneca people against potential action by the state and to ask incoming President Barack Obama for federal troops if necessary.