Are New York Tribes Gaining Respect?


On February 22, the New York Times published a story titled “In Tax Fight, Tribes Make, and Sell, Cigarettes,” on the front page. The story was the second major story by the esteemed publication on Native Americans in a month.

The story highlights the latest movement by the eight New York tribes to maintain their sovereign rights by making or moving towards manufacturing their own cigarettes as a way to bypass the $4.35-a-pack excise tax on name-brand cigarettes.

“We tried poverty for 200 years,” Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative said in the story. “We decided to try something different.”

Are Native American issues finally starting to break through to mainstream media? Only time will tell, but with two major stories by the Times, the signs are pointing up.

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