Oneidas participate in rally against Bloomberg; seek apology

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (WKTV) - A contingent of Oneida Nation Members, and other American Indians working at Oneida Nation Enterprises in Central New York, are journeying to New York City today by bus to join in a 3 p.m. rally on the steps of City Hall protesting what they said were racially insensitive and offensive comments made on August 13 by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Oneidas will be joined at the protest by members of Indians nations from throughout Upstate New York as well as representatives from the American Indian Community House in New York City.

They are converging on City Hall demanding an apology from Mayor Bloomberg for the hateful imagery used when he urged Governor Paterson to "get yourself a cowboy hat and a shotgun" to enforce the collection of cigarette taxes from tobacco products sold on Indian reservations.

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