Issues: Native Americans

Senecas commend initial Select Committee hearing

We recently testified at the first meeting of the New York State Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Relations. A forum of this nature has long been missing in the state capitol. This new committee embodies what Senator George Maziarz and the other senators who serve on this committee recognize is the urgent need for a productive dialogue between the State of New York and the Indian Nations and tribes located within the state. For too long, New York State's leaders made decisions that impacted the Seneca and other native peoples without having an adequate understanding of our history, our culture, and our sovereign and treaty rights.

September 26, 2011
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9/21/2011: Senate Committee on State-Native American Relations

Chair: Senator George D. Maziarz

Public Hearing: To discuss economic development issues and potential  partnerships between the Native American Nations and Tribes with New York State

Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, LOB, 2nd Floor, Albany New York

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024

September 26, 2011
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State-Native American committee holds hearing in Albany

This morning the New York State Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Relations held a public hearing in Albany to advance a productive dialogue between Indian nations and state government.  Representatives of the Oneida, Seneca, and St. Regis Mohawk Indian Nation met with a bipartisan group of state senators to talk about economic development and challenges facing their tribes.

September 21, 2011
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Public Hearing: To discuss economic development issues and potential partnerships between the Native American Nations and Tribes with New York State

Sept. 21 Senate Standing Committee on State-Native American RelationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzPublic Hearing: To discuss economic development issues and potential partnerships between the Native American Nations and Tribes with New York StatePlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024Media Contact: Adam Tabelski (716) 434-0680ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

September 21, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Ask your Federal Representatives to Support Legislation Reimbursing Local Counties Impacted By Indian Land Trust

One of the most important and serious issues facing property taxpayers in Cayuga and Seneca Counties is the Cayuga Indian Nation's application for trust status on land they have purchased in Cayuga and Seneca County.  If approved, the Cayuga's can request that ALL the land that they have purchased in Cayuga and Seneca County be removed from the tax rolls.  Simply put, it means they will pay NO property taxes on all the acres of land that they now own in our two counties.

June 20, 2011
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State-Native American Relations

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June 2, 2011
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Legislative Report 5/19/2011

A 59th Senate District legislative report from Albany with Senator Patrick Gallivan.  Discussing legislative accomplishments and goals for the remainder of this session.

May 19, 2011
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Senator Maziarz announces Select Committee on State-Native American Relations to be formed

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced that the New York State Senate will soon pass a resolution to establish a Select Committee on State-Native American Relations.  The purpose of the Select Committee, to be comprised of a bipartisan group of yet-to-be-named senators, is so the Senate has a mechanism to advance meaningful dialogue between state and Native American leaders on matters of common interest.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Nozzolio and Assemblymen Brian Kolb and Gary Finch Answer Questions on the Cayuga Indians

Recently, a number questions have been raised on the status of the Cayuga Indians’ attempts to establish an Indian reservation in Seneca and Cayuga counties, as well as the ongoing issue of sales tax collection on Indian-owned businesses. In an effort to address these concerns, Senator Nozzolio and Assemblymen Brian Kolb and Gary Finch have compiled a list of Questions and Answers on this very important issue. Please take a moment to read the attached information.

April 7, 2011
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Update from Senator Nozzolio & Assemblyman Brian Kolb on the Cayuga Land Claim

The Cayuga Indians’ attempt to create an Indian reservation in Cayuga and Seneca Counties is undoubtedly one of the most serious issues facing property owners in our region. Please take a moment to read the attached letter from State Senator Mike Nozzolio and Assemblyman Brian Kolb updating you on their efforts to protect local property owners and taxpayers.

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Update from Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Kolb on Cayuga Land Claim.pdf

March 10, 2011
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Tax official ready to halt cigarette sales by Indians to non-Indians

During his recent State Senate confirmation process, Thomas Mattox, Governor Cuomo's newly appointed New York State Tax Commissioner, stated that his Department is ready to begin immediate enforcement of the collection of sales taxes on goods sold by Native Americans to non-Indians. Attached below is a copy of the news article stating Commissioner Mattox’s position.

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Tax official ready to halt cigarette sales by Indians to non-Indians.pdf

March 10, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC STATEMENT ON STOCKBRIDGE MUNSEE COMPACT

"Casinos have long been talked about in the Catskills but various road blocks have always gotten in the way. If Governor Paterson signs the Stockbridge Munsee Compact, as his office has told me that he will do, it is another opportunity to create jobs and rekindle tourism in the Catskills. The work will now shift to Washington to have the Federal government approve this casino. Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand have increased clout given the recent elections have made their Democratic Majority smaller. I am hopeful that both of them will use that clout to have the Obama administration approve what the Bush administration would not.

November 17, 2010
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO BLASTS FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ON CAYUGA LAND CLAIM

In response to the federal Environmental Impact Statement declaring there would be no significant impact on the region if the Cayuga Indian Nation put their land in Seneca and Cayuga Counties into trust, State Senator Mike Nozzolio blasted the federal government for their reckless disregard of thecitizens of the Finger Lakes region.“Can’t the federal government do basic math? Anyone who can add or subtract will tell you that if land is taken off the tax rolls, local governments will lose revenue and the region’s property taxpayers will be forced to assume the consequences,” said Senator Nozzolio.

November 3, 2010
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO BLASTS GOVERNOR OVER INDIAN TAX VETO

Seneca Falls- New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio blasted Governor Paterson’s veto of legislation that would restore the New York State Legislature's oversight and approval of any agreement or compact with representatives of the Indian Nations in New York State.“Despite warnings from myself and my colleagues, the Democratic Majority that now controls the State Legislature, approved legislation that Governor Paterson included in his last budget extender giving the Governor and all future governors, the power to negotiate a compact or agreement with representatives of New York's Indian Nations without

July 30, 2010
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO CALLS ON FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES TO VISIT INDIAN LAND CLAIM AREA - DENY TRUST APPLICATION

In response to the Cayuga Indian Nation’s recent purchase of yet another parcel of land in Seneca Falls, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is calling on the area's federal representatives, officials at the United States Department of the Interior and the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to visit Cayuga and Seneca Counties and see for themselves the amount of land that the Cayuga's have purchased.  If all of the land that has been purchased by the Cayuga Indian Nation is granted trust status it will destroy the tax base of Cayuga and Seneca Counties. 

July 13, 2010
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO CALLS ON FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES TO VISIT INDIAN LAND CLAIM AREA - DENY TRUST APPLICATION

In response to the Cayuga Indian Nation’s recent purchase of yet another parcel of land in Seneca Falls, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is calling on the area's federal representatives, officials at the United States Department of the Interior and the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to visit Cayuga and Seneca Counties and see for themselves the amount of land that the Cayuga's have purchased.  If all of the land that has been purchased by the Cayuga Indian Nation is granted trust status it will destroy the tax base of Cayuga and Seneca Counties. 

July 13, 2010
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