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Seneca Nation to discuss 1794 treaty payment

IRVING — The Seneca Indian Nation of western New York is marking the latest payment from the U.S. government under the 1794 Canandaigua Treaty.

Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter and other tribal officials plan a news conference Tuesday to formally accept — for the 216th consecutive year — the payment. It consists of a piece of cloth and a share of $4,500 distributed each year to the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy that entered into the peace treaty with President George Washington.

The Senecas say the annual payment demonstrates that in the eyes of the United States the provisions of that treaty still must be met.

The Senecas have been at odds with New York state over its attempts to tax Indian cigarette sales. Tribes say that violates treaty rights.