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Council News - April 2011

Dear Cayuga Nation Citizens,

Greetings to all of you. We hope you and your families are all doing well. Now that spring is upon us, we can now get ready for summer activities.

 A lot has happened since last month.
 From March 1 -3, 2011, Clint Halftown and BJ Radford attended a Tobacco Show in Las Vegas.
 Then on March 14 and 15, 2011, the Nation Council went to New York City to attend a hearing at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court. The hearing was the State of New York vs. Seneca Nation, Cayuga Nation, Oneida Nation and Mohawk Nation. It was held at 10 am on Tuesday the 15th. This is the case where New York is trying to collect tax revenue from non-Natives cigarette sales that occur on the territories. The state of New York had 30 minutes to present their position and all Nations together had 30 minutes. The case should be decided in
4 - 6 weeks. If the state wins, then all name brands (Marlboro, Camel, etc.) will no longer be sold at LakeSide Trading. Only Native brands will be sold at our stores.  The state will not be able to tax Native products.
The Council has been reviewing a new Cayuga Nation employee handbook.  This will allow all the
other companies to develop and implement policy and regulations within that specific company. The Cayuga Nation is growing and we are taking steps to create new policies that will be consistent for all employees in Nation owned enterprises.
 The Cayuga Nation is now preparing to deal with the New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC). This is another state agency that refuses to recognize the Cayuga Nation’s sovereign and inherent rights. In this particular instance they are challenging the, fishing and gathering rights of our people. Since the Nation re-location started, two Cayuga Citizens have been ticketed for hunting by NYSDEC for taking big game (deer) without a NYS hunting license. The Cayuga Nation will be filing a lawsuit against the agency in US federal court.
 The Cayuga Nation Council would like to welcome back Donald Jimerson, Bear Clan representative, to the Council.
 The Cayuga Nation is announcing some exciting news inside this issue!! It is one that will be a historic day for our Nation and another step towards our goal of economic self-stability.
 Till next month, take care and be safe.
 Oneh,