31st American Indian Workshop will feature Unkechaug Sovereign Immunity case

From March 25-28th the American Centre in Prague will host the 31st American Indian Workshop: “Transformation, Translation, Transgression: Native American Culture in Contact and Context.”  Professor Emeritus of History John Strong of Southampton will present at a session titled: Eastern Indian Voices: Culture and Identity and speak on “Meeting Montoya: How the Unkechaug Nation Asserted Sovereign Immunity in Federal Court (2009).” The AIW is considered the most important international conference on American Indian and Inuit Studies in the world. Professor Strong’s presentation will be presented simultaneously at Columbia University in New York during the March conference.  The full presentation as well as the screening information will be made available here as soon as it becomes available.

The event program can be found here.

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Judge Matsumoto: Unkechaug meets tribal sovereignty, immunity criteria

The following article was posted to the Indian Country Today website.  It details the Unkechaug tribe’s continuing struggle to maintain its sovereignty against the state and the City of New York.  The article is in reference to United States District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto’s conclusion on October 8, 2009 in GRISTEDE’S FOODS vs. UNKECHAUGE NATION:

Conclusion

Based on the foregoing, the defendants’ motion to
dismiss is granted in part and denied in part as follows: 1) the
Unkechauge Nation’s and, as sued in his official tribal
capacity, Chief Harry Wallace’s motion to dismiss pursuant to
Rule 12(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is
granted. 2) As sued in his individual capacity and in his
capacity as owner of the Poospatuck Smoke Shop, Chief Wallace’s
and the Poospatuck Smoke Shop’s motion to dismiss pursuant to
Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) is denied.

An article discussing the decision can be found here: http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/archive/65786187.html

New York’s Tobacco Tax Wars

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(Photo: Martha Camarillo)

A recent article at the Business Insider covers several of the issues that are making headlines in regards to Mayor Bloomberg’s push to raise cigarette taxes to the highest in the nation and the lawsuit filed against the small Unkechaug Indian tribe smoke shops by the City of New York.

http://www.businessinsider.com/new-yorks-cigarette-tax-wars-2009-10

A recent article at the Business Insider covers several of the issues that are making headlines in regards to Mayor Bloomberg’s push to raise cigarette taxes to the highest in the nation and the law suit filed against the small Unkechaug Indian tribe smoke shops by the City of New York.

http://www.businessinsider.com/new-yorks-cigarette-tax-wars-2009-10