Will NYS get out the jack boots and raid these Indian reservations and put an end to the sale of untaxed cigarettes ?....They would if you or I were doing it, but rest assured the effort will be focused on the user and not the pusher...Motorists leaving a reservation will be harassed in an effort to dissuade the public from patronizing the Indians....The Post Office will be pressured to halt the delivery of said products...The effort will be to make the reservation stores die on the vine....except perhaps for the more well-heeled tribes like at Turning Stone who have enough political weight and money to buy peace.
There will be no direct confrontation because the government doesn't have the muscle or stomach for what could happen. Tribes do have the cash to protect their interests in court but the little stores do not and they will be targeted first.
One tactic to get around the tax may be a recent purchase of a cigarette rolling plant in Western New York....It is likely Indian-produced butts will be exempt anyway.
Watertown Daily Times Mohawks vow to oppose state's effort to collect tax