High Court Won't Hear Tribe Member's NY Cig Tax Challenge

Law360 (October 29, 2018, 6:10 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a tribal member’s challenge to New York state’s imposition of a tax on cigarette sales within Native American reservations, leaving undisturbed a decision saying the law does not conflict with tribal laws and treaties.

A member of the Seneca Nation had argued that a New York state tax on cigarette sales violated the state’s Indian Law and the 1842 Buffalo Creek Treaty. (AP) The high court denied certiorari in retailer Eric White’s challenge to Section 471 of the New York tax code, which required White, a Seneca Nation member, to prepay the...

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