Seneca Nation Wants Tax Relief, Not Grants


Robert Porter, president of the Seneca Nation in New York state, thinks President Obama should quit taxing Native Americans and then sending the money back in the form of grants, reports Reuters.

“What if we were to keep those dollars?” he asked.

Porter will meet Obama and other administration officials on Thursday, along with tribal leaders from around the nation. He plans to send the message that Seneca people would benefit from tax relief as opposed to government handouts.

Seneca Nation operates casinos and tobacco businesses and believes in self-sufficiency, Porter said. "We’re not looking for extensive appropriations programs. We’re looking for tax relief,” Porter told Reuters.

“I’d like to see the president not be so timid in his efforts to support and protect Indian country,” he said.