Senecas Celebrate, Defend Treaty

September 27, 2013 Updated May 20, 2010 at 6:46 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 20, 2010 at 6:46 PM EDT

WEST SENECA, NY (WKBW) -- The Buffalo Creek Treaty of 1842 promises Native Americans freedom from taxation. The Senecas feel that they are constantly fighting over that issue --- particularly when it comes to cigarette sales. President Barry Snyder says the Seneca Nation wants to make sure nobody forgets the importance of the treaty.
Earlier this year, Governor David Paterson pushed to collect an excise tax on Seneca cigarette sales. Last month, President Obama signed the PACT Act, which bars the US Postal Service from shipping tobacco products. It's aimed at contraband cigarettes, but the Nation estimates as many as 3,000 jobs tied to the Seneca economy are threatened by the restrictions.