WASHINGTON (August 21, 2013) — After recent actions by New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) Administrator Benjamin Lawsky to unlawfully intimidate Native American tribes and the legal and licensed businesses they run, a coalition of Tribes has filed a complaint today with the United States District Court Southern District of New York requesting an injunction against Lawsky’s efforts. The tribes filing the lawsuit are members of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA).

“Defendant Lawsky and the State of New York have overstepped their bounds with their illegal attacks on our tribes,” said Barry Brandon, Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA). “His actions are a flagrant denial of our rights as sovereign entities, and today, we are fighting back to defend these rights.”

Read the full press release here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/native-american-tribes-launch-legal-action-against-state-of-new-york-in-major-defense-of-tribal-sovereignty-220566961.html

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