Robert Odawi Porter - United States
For the first, time the state had succeeded in destroying the tobacco economy of our nation. And they had done that by cutting off, through the court system, the supply of cigarettes that were imported into our nation for resale and, and we figured, oh about five hundred people were out of work. And people were really mad and they were angry about it and they took action. They, they started blockading the Thruway, the New York State Thruway, and the Southern Tier Expressway in the territory in Alleghany. And the Troopers, State Troopers, were there in riot gear and they had surrounded our territory and for about, oh I would say it was about a twenty four-hour period. You could not get into New York State from the west because our territories had both, both the interstates going through them, and they were blocked and the Troopers had to redirect traffic. And this was just an economic war. It was war, you know, where the state was trying to destroy our economy and undermine our treaty rights and our people were fighting back. This was not a government reaction. Our President didn’t call up the Army or National Guard of our nation. We didn’t have that. But it was the people expressing their, their outrage and a violation of our rights.