TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- About 30 people picketed outside the new Yahoo! facility this afternoon, where Gov. David A. Paterson is participating in a ceremonial opening for the company's data center.
With signs like "Let Our Six Nations Live in Peace" and "Honor Indian Treaties: No NYS Tax," protesters called on Paterson to stop his push for the state to collect taxes on cigarettes sold by Native Americans to non-Indians.
The tax issue is merely a part of the larger issues of Native American sovereignty, they said, standing in front of a facility entrance on Enterprise Drive.
6:58 p.m.: Check out the video (above) of a man who identified himself as Kanietakeron (pronounced Kun-yeh-Dah-gehlo) of the Bear Clan of the Onkwehonwe people.
6:57 p.m.: Here's a video of part of my interview with Nicastro:
3:49 p.m.: On Thursday, a federal judge banned the state from collecting the tax until Oct. 1.
3:46 p.m.: Charles Nicastro of Sanborn, one of the demonstrators outside the Yahoo! facility this afternoon, said the state has no right to impose the tax.
"[Paterson's] trying to implement a tax that's going to cost these people their livelihoods," Nicastro said.
2:33 p.m.: The event was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. There are more than a dozen pickets remaining as of 2:30 p.m.