SENECA NATION, CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY (WKBW) - The Seneca Nation of Indians is calling on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to resign and apologize to the Nation for what the Seneca Nation calls 'derogatory and racial comments.'
The Seneca Nation passed a Tribal Council Resolution on Saturday, August 14 condemning the recent comments made by Mayor Bloomberg that called for New York Governor David Paterson to get tough on collecting taxes from cigarette sales on Indian territory.
"I've said this to David Paterson, I said, 'You know, get yourself a cowboy hat and a shotgun,'" Bloomberg was quoted as saying in the NY Daily News.
"If there's ever a great video, it's you standing in the middle of the New York State Thruway saying, you know, 'Read my lips - the law of the land is this, and we're going to enforce the law,'" added Mayor Bloomberg.
The resolution passed by the Seneca Nation demands that Mayor Bloomberg resign his post as Mayor of New York City, provides a formal written apology to the Seneca Nations and its members, calls on Governor Paterson to publicly condemn Mayor Bloomberg's comments and authorizes Seneca President Barry Snyder to file human rights and hate crime violations with the State of New York, U.S. Justice Department, U.S. Civil Rights Commission and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous People.
The Seneca resolution cites a recent address by Mayor Bloomberg where he spoke of tolerance, respect and the defense of Constitutionally protected freedoms in his support of the proposed Islamic Community Center and Mosque near Ground Zero.
Nation leaders add in the resolution that 'Mayor Bloomberg's contradictory positions regarding the constitutional protections afforded to those involved in the Islamic Center and Mosque versus those afforded to the Nation and its members are demonstrative of the continued ignorance of the Nation's own Constitutionally protected Treaties as the supreme law of the land, which provide the underlying protections for the Nation's tax immune status on which its economy is based.'
Read the full resolution here.