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Senecas remind Obama on tobacco law

The Seneca Nation of Indians has a message for President Barack Obama – “you let us down.”

The Seneca Nation took out a full page ad in Thursday’s Buffalo News saying Obama has failed on his campaign promise to support existing Native American treaties when he supported the PACT (Preventive All Cigarette Trafficking) Act last month that will make it illegal for Indian nations to ship tobacco products — including cigarettes — via the U.S. Postal Service. The ban takes effect later this spring.

Senecas contend the bill puts 3,000 local jobs in peril if cigarette sales drop.

“We find it sadly ironic that the President of the United States is coming to Buffalo to boast about his efforts to improve the economy when he signed a bill last month that will wipe out as many as 3,000 local jobs,” said Barry Snyder Sr., Seneca Nation president. “He deliberately dealt a severe blow not only to the Seneca economy, but to the entire Western New York economy. We want the people of Western New York to know their president is saying one thing and doing another.”

A full page, weekday ad in the Buffalo News costs more than $15,000.

The Senecas have also created a large banner that they hope to display near Industrial Support Inc. on Depot Street, where Obama is scheduled to visit Thursday afternoon.

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