|Sunday, January 25th 2009, Noon. All welcome to hear and learn the issues.
Cattaraugus [Route 438 and NYS Thruway or Interstate I-90]MNN. Jan. 23, 2009. The Seneca People are inviting all our brothers, sisters, friends, allies and supporters to join us in Cattaraugus. The gathering will feature food, music, speakers and a bonfire. Heated shelter will be available. Bring blankets, cameras, phone cards, warm clothes, shoes, folding chairs, walkie-talkies and so on. Also signs, banners and flags indicating support for Ongwehonwe sovereignty.
The gathering will be a show of unity and solidarity to defend our inherent power to conduct trade free from intervention by colonial New York State.
New York State Governor David A. Paterson signed on December 15, 2008 an illegal document designed to destroy the economies of eleven Ongwehonwe communities by imposing illegal taxes and cutting off supplies to our traders. The scheme is scheduled to come into effect on February 13, 2009.
Paterson’s action has caused State Supreme Court Justice Rose Sconiers to issue a temporary restraining order stopping the enforcement of this highly questionable pretense at a “law”. A hearing is set for January 27th 2009 to decide whether a permanent injunction should be issued against New York State to stop it from implementing this questionable measure.
NYS has refused to pay for its use of our land under the 1954 agreement for the Interstate 90 easement that cuts through our Territory. Because of this the agreement is no longer in effect. NYS is trespassing. To assert our authority over our territory we are working on a system of tolls on the Thruway through Irving. The Seneca tribal courts are working on declaring the thruway as an invasion of sovereign Seneca territory.
The Seneca People are always ready to work cooperatively with New York State. We don’t understand why NYS has chosen to abuse us. Previous conflicts between us and NYS have always ended in the Governors reversing their illegal positions and acknowledging our sovereignty. Most NYS legislators are ready to violate our sovereignty while independent polls indicate that 70% of the people of NYS support legality, fair play and decent treatment of everyone, including us.
The Seneca are petitioning U.S. President Obama to respect the Canadaigua Treaty of 1794 and to protect us from crimes that NYS is attempting to commit. Please help us support Seneca sovereignty and the rule of law.
Contact Seneca Nation at 716-532-4900 and comments can be posted onwww.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com
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