More Protests Against Latest Sales Tax Attempt on Reservations

August 27, 2010 Updated Aug 27, 2010 at 6:47 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

August 27, 2010 Updated Aug 27, 2010 at 6:47 PM EDT

BASOM, NY (WKBW) -- Signs and flyers filled the hands of many people on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation as they marched along Parker Street. It was in support of the complaint filed in federal court by the Seneca Nation against the state's plan to tax tobacco sales on sovereign lands. "To bring the local people together and inform then because a lot of people don't know what's going on," Jesse Spring, on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, said.

"We have slips of paper that we are handing out to the people who are coming on the reservation to let them know, contact your local governor and let him know who you feel about this issue," Coreen Thompson, on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, said.

The march was peaceful which many members say it's a tone they'd like to continue. "I think the last thing anyone wants to see is violence happen," Spring said.

New York State Governor David Paterson seems to feel that it may get violent, stating in a recent radio interview that he's ready for a more drastic reaction from the reservations. It's something many of those on the reservations say they're offended by, but others there remind they can't control everyone on the territories. "I have a lot of people who are really just fed up," Thompson said. "Is violence the answer? No. Is it a possibility? Yes, unfortunately yes it is."

The complaint filed was revisited in federal court on Friday. The state's tax plan is set to start soon on September 1st.