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New York authorities blocking testimony in tribal tobacco case





Authorities in New York are trying to prevent a key official from testifying in a tribal tobacco case.

Andrew Laughing, a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, was charged for transporting tobacco from his reservation to a business on the Seneca Nation. He wants Richard Ernst, a deputy commissioner at the Department of Taxation and Finance, to testify about a memo regarding reservation to reservation tobacco shipments.

A judge agreed to put Ernst on the stand. But the case is now on hold because the state plans to appeal the ruling.

In a relate case, a judge ordered the state to return tobacco that was being shipped from the Mohawk Reservation to the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska.

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