MNN. Dec. 5, 2015. Imperial Tobacco initially set up the “contraband” market in the early 1990s taking advantage of our sovereignty and tax-exempt rights. Brand name “cigarets” were shipped to Buffalo and Syracuse in New York State, supposedly for sale there. No taxes were paid to Canada. Then the product was sold to middlemen, brought back to Canada for sale at very low prices. Sales rose from $800 million a year to $6 billion by 1993. Policing agencies – NYS Troopers, SQ, OPP, army, politicians, corporations and all CROWN entities – were part of the the plan to attack. Judges, lawyers, stores, cigarette companies and others were involved. They didn’t want any competition.
Gallant Piper & Scorpion Saxon, 1996, all dressed up!”
Tobacco is an onkwe’hon:weh plant. We have every right to use it to achieve economic sustainability in anyway that we deem necessary. Our businesses are legitimate based on the law of the land. We could purchase and sell anything to whoever without charging taxes, as reflected by the Jay Treaty 1794, the treaty of trade and commerce. Then we set up our own manufacturing and marketing of our own tobacco products. Big tobacco and everyone else were by-passed.
They tried to destroy Iroquois sovereignty and put us out of business to bolster their monopoly on that trade. US, Canada and big tobacco are still pressing this economic button. Corporate by-laws were passed overriding our sovereignty and international law. Prices are manipulated. All taxation is remitted to the City of London. To force our compliance to their rules, military operations were mounted. Our legitimate businesses are falsely called “organized crime”. We are threatened with criminalization and death. We will always defend our sovereignty to the end of time.
In 1996 fully armed military death squads were set up to invade our unarmed communities. 1800s American genocide policies were invoked [Wounded Knee, Sand Creek, etc.]. In the US it was operation “Gallant Piper” and in Canada it was operation “Scorpion Saxon”. Then in 1997 New York State Troopers attacked us in Onondaga, for which they will be standing trial in January 2016.
Big tobacco – Rothmans, Imperial and R.J. Reynolds – Canada and US are still trying to interrupt our economic process to eliminate competition to their exorbitant prices. NYS continues to stall the trial, which is now almost 20 years old.
Roger Miller sings about the economic predicament the bankers try to put the Mohawks in: “Third box car, midnight train, destination Bangor Maine. Old worn out clothes and shoes. I don’t pay no union dues. I smoke old stogies I have found. Short, but not too big a’round. I am a man of means, by no means, king of the road!” [King of the Road].