Seneca's Respond to the State of the State Address

January 5, 2011 Updated Jan 5, 2011 at 6:28 PM EDT

By WKBW News

...

Seneca's Respond to the State of the State Address

January 5, 2011 Updated Jan 5, 2011 at 6:28 PM EDT

ALLEGANY TERRITORY, Salamanca NY (WKBW-TV)

The following is a statement on behalf of the Seneca Nation of Indians from President Robert Odawi Porter after he attended the State of the State message today in Albany.

“We were encouraged by Gov. Cuomo’s message of change and reform. For too long, the Seneca Nation of Indians has had to deal with a state whose government has disrespected our national sovereignty and sought to trample our treaty rights. If the governor is serious about entering the 21st Century in the state’s attitude toward indigenous peoples, we welcome it.

“President Obama recently expressed the United States’ support for the rights of indigenous peoples and if Gov. Cuomo is willing to do the same for New York State, that will send a progressive signal of reform.

“Regardless of rhetoric, however, the Seneca Nation of Indians always stands firm and without compromise on its treaty and sovereign rights to its land.”