Seneca-Cayuga, Seneca, and Ho-Chunk Tribal Members and Enterprise Employees Plead Guilty to Violations of Federal Cigarette Trafficking Law

Here are selected materials in United States v. Sheffler (W.D. Mo.):

Jones Plea Agreement

Barber Plea Agreement

Frenchman Plea Agreement

Sheffler Motion to Dismiss

Sheffler Plea Agreement

Magistrate Report re Parry Motion to Dismiss

Parry Objection to R&R

DCT Order Adopting R&R

Parry Plea Agreement

Parry Sentence

Federal Indictment of 18 Individuals for Smuggling Smokes to Seneca Cayuga Tobacco, Ho-Chunk Inc., Etc.

Here is the indictment in United States v. Sheffler (W.D. Mo.):

Sheffler Indictment

News coverage here.

Federal Government Seizure of Seneca-Cayuga Tobacco Company Account

News coverage here.

Federal complaint in United States v. $566,202 (W.D. Mo.) is here:

US Forfeiture Complaint

Missouri Prisoner Has No Standing to Challenge Indian Arts & Crafts Board Decision

Here are the relevant orders in Griggs v. Missouri:

Griggs DCT Order

Griggs Report and Recommendations

An excerpt from the R&R:

Plaintiff Griggs’ complaint challenges defendants’ application of 25 U.S.C. § 305(e)(d), upon request of the Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Board, in its determination that the Indian tribe of which plaintiff is a member, the Northern American Cherokee of Missouri and Arkansas, is not an officially recognized Indian tribe by the State of Missouri for purposes of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. Plaintiff alleges that the tribe is, in fact, officially recognized by the State of Missouri, and thus, defendants should have indicated accordingly in their response to the Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Plaintiff, who is incarcerated in federal prison, attempts to bring this action on behalf of his entire tribe, stating he is a member and his father was at one time the Principal Chief. Plaintiff alleges that as a result of defendants’ actions, the United States Department of Interior has advised his tribe that they cannot sell their arts and crafts as authentic “Indian,” “Native American” or “Cherokee” goods.