Yesterday, a Buffalo judge sided with New York State and refused to block the state from collecting taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations, despite outrage from local tribes who claim the taxes are an attack on their sovereignty. Governor Paterson had previously said the taxation, which is to go into effect tomorrow, would most likely be met with "violence and death." Oh wait, scratch that, because now he says everything is going to be fine—as long as they don't go on tribal land.

Rather than collecting taxes by trespassing onto tribal lands, Paterson says they will collect the taxes from the wholesalers who sell the cigarettes to Indians. He told Daily Politics, "We are taking an action on our own territory involving the way taxes are collected. So in no way will we invade the sovereignty of their governments or the way they do business. We are changing the way we do business. We are not expecting any violence."

Though they're attempted to get the taxes banned in federal court, Seneca President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. says he doesn't want to see any violence either. “There have been many statements made about the potential for violence tied to the tobacco tax situation, even by New York State’s governor," Snyder said. "As I have said several times, the Seneca Nation is committed to working through this in an orderly, peaceful process.”