Tribe Recoils At Bloomberg’s ‘Cowboy’ Comment

NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) — Tensions are rising as the state nears the Sept. 1 start date to collect taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian tribes.

On Friday, the Oneida Indian Nation called recent remarks by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg “offensive and hurtful.”

The mayor had urged Gov. David Paterson to act like a cowboy with a shotgun and enforce the state tax law that hasn’t been enforced for years. Violence broke out in the past when the state tried to collect taxes on cigarettes sold by tribes.

Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter says Bloomberg’s imagery was as distasteful to his tribe as if someone urged Nazis to take action against Jews.

Bloomberg’s spokesman responded the Supreme Court found repeatedly that tribes have no right to sell untaxed cigarettes.

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  • HUGO

    Give me a break, were cowboys really fighting indians at any point in American history? This is just something to divert attention from the real problem, untaxed cigarettes. It’s 2010, let’s stop hearing complaints about “you stole our land”, GET OVER IT!

  • haha626s

    robbed them back then and you are robbing them again now.america stole this counrty from them and killed off the rest.but where could one get away with crimes like this? You said it best ONLY IN AMERICA.

  • gary

    Did I miss something here or did we conquer the indians during the expansion of the west. They are looking to cash in on their misfortune? Only in America!!!

  • Ray

    Agree with Joe, 100%.

  • eric margolis

    Did I miss something? Is it a crime to be rich in America? You, my friend, are displaying the characteristics of a moron.

    • joe

      lol, not at the expense of someone’s pride, you unethical capitalist.

  • Avg.Joe

    the indians are lucky to be here; they are a conquered people, living for free in this country & are under the assumption made by liberal America, that they are owed something. I question the ancestery of some of those so called indian nation people, they look like free-loading african americans to me cashing in on another form of welfare.

  • tony guerra

    Where are the calls for mayor Bloomberg’s resignation. After all hiis remark about the Indian Nation was as racist as Imus’ remark about the girl’s basketball team. How come no great outrage.

  • joe

    bloomberg another rich moron

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