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Big Tobacco Rewrites Nebraska Law to Subvert Tribal Sovereignty


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Tobacco giants Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds have reportedly been helping the Nebraska attorney general's office revise the state's tobacco legislation, which will crack down on Big Tobacco's competition--sovereign Indian nations and small tobacco manufa



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Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday May 16, 2011, 4:33 pm
Noted , thanks !!
 

Sheryl G (360)
Monday May 16, 2011, 6:35 pm
Smoking kills so I don't care who is selling it.....please stop. I would like to see opportunities for the Native Americans that would not require them to either make their money from tobacco (unless it was for ceremonial use) and gambling. This is not in the best interest of anyone. Underhanded practices, that has been done on the Native Americans since the first European came to the America's......I suppose nothing in certain aspects has changed.
 

T. A. H (39)
Tuesday May 17, 2011, 8:56 am
Thanks Cal for finding these interesting, off-the-beaten-path stories. I went to the Ho-Chunk website -- this tribe has really embraced the enterprise initiative -- very impressive.

I think we have to get past the product being regulated and ask "Why are corporations writing our laws?" Lawmakers seem to forget WHO they represent and work for -- us, as citizens. And the more we can hammer this home, the more attention this practice will receive. Exercise your voice, VOTE, and keep tabs on your "lawmakers".
 

Robert B (60)
Tuesday May 17, 2011, 12:35 pm
Hasn't the government of the US taken away enough from Indians? I don't condone smoking but the big tobacco companies have absolutely NO right to interfere with Indian business. Private companies should NOT BE ALLOWED TO WRITE LAWS!!!!
 

Samuel T (0)
Tuesday May 17, 2011, 1:42 pm
No corporation of any kind should have any means to change the laws of a sovereign Indian Nation. Sovereignty gives supreme authority to the tribe. I agree with Ann H. that this is more than just a question of natives' rights to sovereignty and indeed we should be looking very hard at the question of why are corporations attempting to write law and how we as people need to pull the reins in on the power grabs by corporations.
 

Roger G (148)
Tuesday May 17, 2011, 2:08 pm
absolutely awful !
 

Lionel G. (4)
Tuesday May 17, 2011, 8:54 pm
There are crooks, dirty crooks, dirty rotten crooks, and tobacco companies. I quit smoking 42 years ago, and have smoked tobacco on only two occasions since, both Nez Perce Indian pipe ceremonies and I felt honored to participate. American Indians do not doctor their tobacco with hundreds of addictive chemicals. Tobacco companies do. American Indians don't pay mom and pop convenience store owners to place tobacco ads less than 3 feet above the floor. Tobacco companies do. Who are they making that pitch to? Who do you know who's less than 3 feet tall?
I have also had delightful contacts with indigenous people in China and Nepal, and I know i have a lot to learn from them. If we of the dominant culture don't begin to learn some ecological wisdom from those people, we face a grim future.
 

Kath P (9)
Wednesday May 18, 2011, 6:30 am
If government/business doesn't want the Indian Nation caring for itself in one of the few ways available to them than they should really start treating them fairly and not just pay lip service to their basic daily needs.
 

Deborah L (70)
Tuesday May 24, 2011, 9:52 pm
Will the ripping off of the Native People ever end? First, much of the tobacco from and used in Indian country is not smoked but offered up in prayers. I but tobacco and use it for prayer purpose only. Native peoples never abused alcohol and tobacco like we see today before the white man came here and corrupted and polluted this country.
 
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