President Barack Obama signed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act into law on Wednesday.
The law prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes and certain tobacco products. The law effectively kills the tribal tobacco industry.
The Seneca Nation had asked Obama to veto the measure, which was developed without tribal consultation. No hearings were ever held on the tribal provisions of the bill.
“The President of the United States invited Native American leaders to Washington D.C. in November and looked us in the eye as a sign of good faith in his pledge to protect federal treaties,” Seneca President Barry E. Snyder Sr. said in a press release. “Now four months later he has betrayed that promise.” President Barack Obama signed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act into law on Wednesday.
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