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Washington Supreme Court Ruling Touted As 'Landmark' For Tribal Sovereignty

A state Supreme court decision Thursday gives a Washington tribe the right to transport goods and services across state lines without taxation. Attorneys and tribal members said the case is a win on the side of tribal sovereignty.

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3/16/2017

article Washington Supreme Court Ruling Touted As 'Landmark' For Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- A state Supreme court decision Thursday gives a Washington tribe the right to transport goods and services across state lines without taxation....
article Washington Supreme Court upholds tribal fuel tax exemption
(Washington) -- The Washington state Supreme Court says members of the Yakama Nation can have wholesale fuel delivered to the reservation without being taxed by the...

2/13/2017

article South Dakota, Tribe Seek Quick Wins In Casino Tax Suit [sub req]
(South Dakota) -- The state of South Dakota and the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe both sought quick wins in federal court Friday in a tax dispute, with the state arguing...

2/2/2017

article Six Tips for Tribal Governments to Reduce Tribal Member Taxes in 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- HIGHLIGHTS: As the Republican-led Congress and White House move forward on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and major tax-reform legislation,...

1/9/2017

article Native Americans and Taxes: Tulalip Tribes Challenge State Taxation on Tribal Lands
(Washington) -- The Tulalip Tribes’ challenge of the state and county’s taxation of business conducted on its lands is scheduled for a 10-day trial beginning...

12/22/2016

article Charge On Tribes Is A Fee, Not A Tax, Wash. Justices Say [sub req]
(Washington) -- Washington state’s high court on Thursday ruled that a local government charge on Native American tribes is not an unconstitutional tax, finding...

5/8/2016

article IRS Deadline For Native American Volunteers Nears, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Needs Diversity
(Washington D.C.) -- Are you from a Native American background and interested in helping the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) resolve tax issues on behalf of American...

4/18/2016

article Okla. Tax Battle Ratchets Up Tension Between Tribes, State [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s recent arbitration win in its tax dispute with the state of Oklahoma gives it a leg up as the battle shifts to the...

4/4/2016

article Arbitrator Rules In Favor Of Citizen Potawatomi Nation
(Oklahoma) -- A judge ruled today that the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) lost in its attempt to unlawfully collect sales taxes from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation....

1/5/2016

article Neb. Town’s Tribal Tax Beef Is With Congress, Justices Told [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- Two groups of Native American advocates have told the Supreme Court that a Nebraska tribe has the right to tax liquor sales on land that was opened...

12/22/2015

article Tribe's Casino Tax Suit Against SD Beats Dismissal Bid [sub req]
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota federal judge on Friday refused to toss a tax dispute brought by a Santee Sioux tribe, saying the tribe's suit over whether South...

12/17/2015

article Wash. Tribe Strikes Deal Over Planned Casino's Tax Effects [sub req]
(Washington) -- The Samish Indian Nation and a board of county commissioners in Washington state signed an agreement Monday allowing the tribe to reimburse Skagit County...

11/14/2015

article Tax troubles plague Shiprock shelter
(New Mexico) -- A former director of a Shiprock domestic violence shelter admits she didn’t consistently pay several years of federal taxes as she tried to keep...

10/19/2015

article Tribe-Owned Contractors Fight Ark. Tax Assessment
(Arkansas) -- Four government contractors owned by Oklahoma’s Chickasaw Nation on Friday challenged the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration over...

10/12/2015

article Tribal Council will not pay $1.2 million, county, schools feel effects
(Montana) -- Officials in Lake County say the $1.2 million hit they'll take from tribal leaders taking over the former Kerr Dam will hurt, but they understand the...

10/10/2015

article Salish Kootenai Tribal Council says 'no' to payments in lieu of taxes
(Montana) -- For weeks, Lake County commissioners and Polson schools pressed the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribal Council for answers -- would the tribes make up for...
article Tribes won't help offset loss of tax revenue from Kerr Dam
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes announced Friday that they will not help to offset the loss of almost $1 million in tax money that came with...

9/4/2015

article Neb. Asks High Court To Hear Tribal Sales Tax Fight
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of an Eighth Circuit decision that the village of Pender must comply with tribal liquor license...

9/3/2015

article Landmark commercial rent tax ruling expected to reverberate around the US
(Florida) -- Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, successfully represented the Seminole Tribe of Florida in an action challenging...

8/27/2015

article Florida and Seminole Tribe get divided ruling in tax dispute
(Florida) -- Wading into complicated tax and sovereignty issues, a federal appeals court Wednesday issued a split decision in a dispute between the state and the...
article Tenants of Seminole Tribe exempt from rental tax, court rules
(Florida) -- A federal court ruled that companies renting space from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, such as in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, are exempt from...
article Supreme Court upholds deal on tribal gas stations
(Washington) -- The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court ruling in a long-running lawsuit by non-tribal gas station owners challenging gas...

8/21/2015

article Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods may dispute $700,000 tax bill from Ledyard
(Connecticut) -- Just three months after opening, the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods has received a $700,000 partial tax bill that Tanger officials said they may dispute....

8/12/2015

article Feds Side With Tulalip Tribes in Quil Ceda Tax Fight
(Washington) -- Tulalip Tribes Chairman Mel Sheldon was waiting for Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight to take the stage at the Tulalip Amphitheater, in the midst of the...

8/6/2015

article OP/ED: An uphill tax battle for county
(Washington) -- Snohomish County and the state of Washington were already facing a difficult legal battle against the Tulalip Tribes confederation. Now, the U.S. Justice...

8/4/2015

article Justice Department tries to stop local tax at Indian shopping area
(Washington) -- The Justice Department filed a motion Tuesday to stop the state and a local government from taxing the Tulalip Indian tribe's Quil Ceda Village...
article Tulalip Tribes tax case gets boost from U.S. Justice Dept.
(Washington) -- The Tulalip Tribes of Washington now have Uncle Sam on their side in a high-stakes tax dispute with the state and Snohomish County. In a muscular...
article U.S. joins Tulalip Tribes in lawsuit over taxes against state, county
(Washington) -- The U.S. Justice Department filed a motion on Tuesday asking to join the Tulalip Indian Tribes in a federal lawsuit against the State of Washington and...
article U.S. wants to join Washington tribe's lawsuit against local taxes
(Washington) -- The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday sought to join a tribal lawsuit alleging Washington state and a Seattle-area county are violating federal law by...
article Our Voice: Tribal gas tax exemption creates several challenges
(Washington) -- Defining treaty rights is tricky business. What is considered fair to the descendants of Native Americans mistreated by the United States government may...
press release US supports Tulalip Tribes over right to collect taxes
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States today filed a motion to intervene and a complaint in intervention on its own behalf and as trustee for the Tulalip Tribes in their...

7/31/2015

article CPN Gets Opinion Saying State, Cities, Can't Force Tribes To Collect Taxes
(Oklahoma) -- The question of whether Native American tribes can be compelled to collect state and local taxes on Indian land emerged again this week — but this time the...

7/22/2015

article Judge signals win for Yakama Nation in gas tax case
(Washington) -- Treaty rights exempt a Yakama tribal member’s fuel distributing company from state gasoline taxes and business licensing requirements, a Yakima...

6/16/2015

article Tulalip Tribes file suit to defend right to tax tribal economic development
(Washington) -- The Tulalip Tribes and its political subdivision, the Consolidated Borough of Quil Ceda Village, filed suit on June 12 in the U.S. District Court for the...

5/13/2015

article State's top court considers lawsuit challenging tribal gas-tax
(Washington) -- Justices will have to come to a decision on a case challenging the state's payment of more than $30 million a year in gas-tax proceeds to Indian...

5/12/2015

article Justices consider tribal gas-tax lawsuit
(Washington) -- State Supreme Court justices had pointed questions Tuesday for both sides of a lawsuit challenging the state’s payment of more than $30 million a...

5/11/2015

article Supreme Court to consider legality of gas-tax payments to tribes
(Washington) -- The state’s highest court will consider a challenge to more than $30 million a year in gas-tax proceeds state government pays to Indian tribes....

5/8/2015

article OP/ED: Flip the Rez Tax to Pump Money Into Indian Country
(USA) -- Just as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in White Mountain Apache Tribe v. Bracker, 448 U.S. 136, 143 (1980), has been construed to allow state...

4/22/2015

article IRS Issues Notice Addressing Impact of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014 on Existing IRS Guidance
(Washington D.C.) -- On April 16, 2015, the IRS released Notice 2015-34 clarifying the effect of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014, Pub. L. No. 113-168,...

4/17/2015

article IRS Says Native American Welfare Safe Harbors Still Valid
(Washington D.C.) -- The Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday that guidance released last year describing situations in which benefits to Native Americans are...

3/17/2015

article Tossed out: Superior Court deems tribal tax-break bill unconstitutional
(Washington) -- King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts ruled in favor of the city of Snoqualmie against the Washington Department of Revenue and repealed ESHB...

3/13/2015

article Judge invalidates tax break for tribe properties
(Washington) -- The city of Snoqualmie won a major decision in King County Superior Court on March 4 that could have potentially cost taxpayers more than $100,000 a year...

3/9/2015

article Northern Arapaho Loses Lawsuit Against IRS
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho tribe recently lost a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service. The tribe sued the IRS because it classified the Northern Arapaho...
article Tax Season 2015: First Nations pay more tax than you think
(Canada) -- There's a common misconception in Canada that aboriginal people don't pay taxes, but, in fact, tax exemption applies to fewer than half of aboriginal...

3/3/2015

article Tribes seek say in federal taxes, leaders express frustration at lack of focus
(Washington D.C.) -- When the director of the IRS's Office of Indian Tribal Governments was asked this week about getting rid of a decades-old rule that excluded...

3/2/2015

article Tax Season 2015: First Nations pay more tax than you think
(Canada) -- There's a common misconception in Canada that aboriginal people don't pay taxes, but, in fact, tax exemption applies to fewer than half of aboriginal...

2/25/2015

article Rosebud Tribe Wants Tax Payback For Tribal Members
(South Dakota) -- Budget shortfalls are especially painful on Native American reservations in South Dakota, where unemployment and poverty rates rank high nationally.
article Tribes seek say in federal taxes, express frustration at lack of focus
(Washington D.C.) -- When the director of the IRS’s Office of Indian Tribal Governments was asked this week about getting rid of a decades-old rule that excluded...

2/10/2015

article Seminoles Ask 11th Circ. To Uphold Fla. Casino Tax Ruling
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida on Monday urged the Eleventh Circuit to uphold a decision determining that the tribe does not have to pay a state utilities...

1/12/2015

article State Gets Win In Tax Dispute With Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a dispute about whether the Seminole Tribe of Florida should pay taxes on fuel it buys off tribal lands...

12/10/2014

article Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn slams federal tax giveaways
(Washington D.C.) -- In his last report before leaving the Senate, the Muskogee Republican says the tax code favors the wealthy and manipulates the economy. Sen. Tom...

12/5/2014

article Chehalis Tribe Wins Tax Dispute!
(Washington) -- In another example of the changing tides in Indian tax law, the Washington State Thurston County Board of Equalization recently ruled in favor of the...
article State-tribe gas tax tiff needs a fix that’s fair
(Washington) -- Taxation disputes between tribal and nontribal governments are nothing new, and the issue of assessing gas taxes on the Yakama Nation reservation has...

11/26/2014

article Governor McAuliffe accepts tax tribute from Virginia Indian tribes
(Virginia) -- Governor and Mrs. McAuliffe on Wednesday welcomed Assistant Chief Mark Custalow of the Mattaponi Tribe, Chief Kevin Brown of the Pamunkey Tribe, and other...
article Virginia Indian Tribes present Governor McAuliffe with jewelry, dancing stick and eight-point buck
(Virginia) -- Leaders from the Mattaponi, Pamunkey and other Virginia-based Native American tribes offered their customary Thanksgiving tax tribute during a ceremony...

11/24/2014

article Citizen Potawatomi Nation responds to state complaint
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Tax Commission believes the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is in violation of tax laws. The tribe, citing a decade-strong compact, is confident the...

11/23/2014

article GILIO-WHITAKER: Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act: Landmark Legislation or Hollow Victory?
(USA) -- Much to-do has been made of the recent passage of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act (TGWEA). No longer will it be acceptable for the Internal Revenue...

10/18/2014

article Tension over education, sales tax grows between Oklahoma and tribal nations
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s relationship with tribal nations has warmed in recent decades with economic success, but tensions are rising over education funding and...

10/10/2014

article ‘No further action’: City resolves sales tax issue
(Oklahoma) -- The city of Shawnee will take “no further action with regard to sales tax enforcement against retail activities, private corporations and governments...

10/6/2014

article LEGAL BLOG: Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act: New Law Supersedes IRS Guidance
(Washington D.C.) -- On Sept. 26, 2014, President Obama signed into law a measure that excludes from taxable income various general welfare payments to members of Indian...

9/23/2014

article Tribes Advance Self-Governance Initiative With Tax Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that will exempt tribes from taxation on social welfare programs has made its way through Congress and is awaiting the president’s...

9/22/2014

article Tribes Advance Self-Governance Initiative With Tax Bill
(Alaska) -- A bill that will exempt tribes from taxation on social welfare programs has made its way through Congress and is awaiting the president’s signature....

9/21/2014

article American Indians, IRS, and Congress; Unlikely partners making progress
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, Congress passed legislation to permanently increase tribal authority to provide governmental services to their citizens without creating...
article IRS bill regarding tribes heads to Obama
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would ensure the Internal Revenue Service treats American Indian tribes the same as state and local governments when it comes to...
article Tribes advance self-governance initiative with tax bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that will exempt tribes from taxation on social welfare programs has made its way through Congress and is awaiting the president’s...

9/19/2014

article Bill requiring IRS to treat tribes equally heads to president’s desk
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would ensure the Internal Revenue Service treats American Indian tribes the same as state and local governments when it comes to...
article Bill would align IRS treatment of states, tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The IRS would treat sovereign tribal nations the same as states under legislation that was approved on Wednesday by the House of Representatives....
article Congress passes measure for tribal general welfare programs
(Washington D.C.) -- H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, is on its way to President Barack Obama after clearing its last hurdle in the 113th Congress. By...
article Native Leaders Applaud Passage of Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes are lauding Congress’s passage of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2013 this week, which in effect mandates that the...
article Senate passes tax bill to exempt tribal welfare benefits
(Washington) -- The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would stop the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from taxing tribal welfare benefits.

9/18/2014

article Bill Would Give Tribes IRS Relief
(Washington D.C.) -- The US House has unanimously passed a bill ensuring that certain tribal government programs and services won't be taxed by the I.R.S. The...

7/9/2014

article Ruling broadens property tax breaks on tribal land
(Washington) -- Wal-Mart, Home Depot and others that own buildings on tribal land will receive property tax refunds from Snohomish County as a result of a federal...

6/10/2014

article Treasury Clarifies the Unique Needs & Challenges of Tribal Governments
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final guidance specifying that a wide range of benefits and services...

6/9/2014

article In final guidance, IRS broadens general welfare safe harbors for tribal programs
(USA) -- After receiving more than 120 written comments on how the IRS should apply the general welfare exclusion to Indian tribal government programs, the IRS has...

6/6/2014

article IRS issues final revenue procedure addressing application of general welfare exclusion to tribal government programs
(USA) -- On June 3, 2014, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2014-35 providing final guidance for Indian tribal governments regarding the application of the general...

6/4/2014

article IRS finalizes guidance on general welfare exclusion for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Internal Revenue Service has issued final guidance affecting taxation of benefits provided by tribal governments.

5/14/2014

article Barrett: Shawnee Making Enemies With Tax Gambit
(Oklahoma) -- The City of Shawnee is just “creating enemies” in its efforts to collect sales taxes from tribal entities, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman...

5/10/2014

article Appeals court backs state in Seminole tax dispute
(Florida) -- A federal appeals court this week rejected arguments that the Seminole Tribe of Florida should be exempt from state taxes when fueling up vehicles on non-...

5/6/2014

article Appeals court backs state in Seminole tax dispute
(Florida) -- A federal appeals court this week rejected arguments the Seminole Tribe of Florida should be exempt from state taxes when fueling up vehicles on non-tribal...
article COLUMN: IRS Cannot Levy Tribal Payments
(Washington) -- I find it is more fun to read tax cases if I root for one side or the other. My principles of rooting are that I root for the taxpayer unless he or she...

4/22/2014

article Auditor: Tribal tax givebacks could total $533M by 2020
(Washington) -- With prices nearing $4 a gallon, every penny matters at a gas station. Even if the state of Washington has already given out $193 million in gas tax...

4/14/2014

article Judge won't force Puyallup Tribe to comply with IRS levy request
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Washington has prevailed in a taxation dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS issued a levy to the tribe in hopes of...

4/10/2014

article Hall: A solution for all Shawnee residents
(Oklahoma) -- As many are aware, the city of Shawnee is working hard to negotiate a payment-in-lieu-of-tax agreement with the Citizen Potawatomie Nation.

4/8/2014

article Formal mediation: Sales tax issue decided; law firm defined despite disagreement
(Oklahoma) -- City commissioners at Tuesday’s Shawnee City Commission meeting voted to utilize mediation for the sales tax issue and expand the role of an outside...

4/4/2014

article Valley taxpayers request $4 million in tax refunds
(California) -- Dozens of Coachella Valley taxpayers have told Riverside County they want nearly $4 million in tax refunds going back four years.
article Bill gives tribes a tax break
(Washington) -- Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday meant to give Native American tribes the same tax status as state or local governments when buying property, but...

3/31/2014

article Tribal, Shawnee officials meet; tax flap continues
(Oklahoma) -- Municipal and tribal officials met March 24 to discuss the sales tax revenues generated by tribally-owned businesses, but two vastly different stories...

3/26/2014

article Shawnee, Tribes Spar War With One Another
(Oklahoma) -- Shawnee city officials and area tribal leaders butted heads this week over sovereignty and what right a city has to compel Indian nations to collect...

3/25/2014

article Face-to-face: City of Shawnee, tribal officials discuss sales tax issue
(Oklahoma) -- After exchanging numerous letters, City of Shawnee officials and leaders from the four area Tribes met face-to-face Monday to discuss sales tax issues,...
article Shawnee, tribes fail to agree on sales tax
(Oklahoma) -- In a closed meeting at the Citizen Potawatomi National Cultural Heritage Center on Monday, Shawnee officials and representatives from four area tribes...
article Tribes, Shawnee officials meet about sales tax dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Representatives of four tribes have met with city of Shawnee officials — but reached no agreement on the city's request for sales taxes.

3/20/2014

article City Of Shawnee, Potawatomi Nation Battle Over Sales Tax
(Oklahoma) -- The battle is brewing between the City Shawnee and a local tribe over sales tax. The City says the Citizen Potawatomi Nation owes them millions of dollars...
article Shawnee mayor, Citizen Potawatomi leader spar over sales tax
(Oklahoma) -- Mayor Wes Mainord says Shawnee has lost out on $4 million because a massive grocery store run by an American Indian tribe has failed to send the city any...

3/19/2014

article Barrett Blasts Shawnee Over Tax Issue
(Oklahoma) -- Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John A. “Rocky” Barrett blasted the City of Shawnee this week, suggesting that the only way the city might...
article Sales tax trouble: Shawnee city officials, tribal leaders swap another round of letters
(Oklahoma) -- Another round of letters was exchanged between Shawnee city officials and tribal leaders. While a meeting date and location have been confirmed, more pre-...

3/11/2014

article Treasury Issues Tax Guidance On Per Capita Tribal Payments
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued interim guidance regarding per capita distributions made to...

3/10/2014

article IRS Says Certain Tribal Trust Money Is Income Tax-Free
(Washington D.C.) -- Per capita distributions made to Native American tribe members from funds held in trust by the U.S. secretary of the interior are exempt from...

3/2/2014

article City of Shawnee, tribes battle over sales-tax collection issue
(Oklahoma) -- City of Shawnee officials and leaders of several local Native American tribes will meet next month in an effort to resolve a dispute over sales taxes.
article City sends new letter to tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Shawnee city officials sent a new letter Monday to tribal leaders in response to a letter they received earlier this month. Mayor Wes Mainord wrote,...
article Tribes, city of Shawnee in dispute over sales tax
(Oklahoma) -- A meeting has been scheduled next month between city of Shawnee officials and leaders of several local Native American tribes over a dispute over sales tax.

3/1/2014

article Navajo Junk Food Tax Still on the Table
(Arizona) -- Denisa Livingston knows what progress looks like and she’s seeing it at home on the Navajo Nation. Livingston has been an active supporter of the...

2/24/2014

article 4 tribes counter on city sales tax meeting
(Oklahoma) -- City officials want to collect sales tax on purchases made by non-Natives at businesses owned by four area tribes and located on trust land after claiming...
article State tax commission powerless to audit tribes, enforce sales tax collections
(Oklahoma) -- Indian tribes that operate retail businesses on trust lands in Oklahoma are required to collect sales tax from non-Indian shoppers, but state officials...

2/21/2014

article Tribes answer: Leaders respond to city's request for sales tax dollars
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders from the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and the Sac and Fox Nation sent a letter to...

2/19/2014

article Tribal Leaders Respond To City Sales Tax Demand
(Oklahoma) -- The four Indian tribes that operate businesses in Shawnee have replied to a demand that they collect Shawnee sales taxes by saying that a letter sent by...

2/17/2014

article City moving to collect sales tax from tribally owned retailers
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma town is asking its local tribal businesses to start making mandatory contributions to its sales tax coffers.
article City of Shawnee's 'aggressive' behavior could force Oklahoma tribe's hand, chairman says
(Oklahoma) -- Deeply disappointed by a sales tax dispute, leaders of one of Oklahoma's most powerful Indian tribes are considering separating from the city it calls...
article Omaha Tribe wins round in Pender booze tax fight
(Nebraska) -- A federal judge has said the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska can collect a liquor tax on business owners in the northeast Nebraska city of Pender.
article Omaha Tribe wins round in struggle with retailers over reservation boundaries, alcohol tax
(Nebraska) -- A federal judge ruled that the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska can collect a liquor tax on business owners in the northeast Nebraska city of Pender.

2/15/2014

article Judge rules Omaha Tribe liquor tax applies to Pender
(Nebraska) -- A federal judge has ruled that the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska can enforce a liquor tax on business owners in Pender, Neb.

2/7/2014

article Measure clarifies sales taxes for Utes
(Colorado) -- Members of Colorado’s Ute Indian tribes should not have to pay sales taxes on cars they register on the reservation, legislators agreed Thursday.
article Shawnee To Tribes: Collect Our Taxes!
(Oklahoma) -- The City of Shawnee this week asked the four Indian tribes that do business within its boundaries to voluntarily impose a three percent city sales tax on...

2/5/2014

article City of Shawnee asks tribes to pay 3 percent sales tax for non-member sales
(Oklahoma) -- The city of Shawnee is pursuing the leaders of the four area Tribal Nations with retail sales outlets in the city limits to enter into an agreement to...

2/1/2014

article Junk food tax clears Navajo Nation Council
(New Mexico) -- An additional sales tax on junk food bought on the Navajo Nation has received the green light from the tribal council.
article Navajo Nation Council Approves Junk Food Tax to Fight Obesity
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council on Thursday approved a 2-percent increase in sales tax for junk food sold on the 27,000-square-mile reservation, becoming the...

1/27/2014

article County Treasurer: Vehicle sales tax exemption for tribal members now only applies if the sale occurs on the reservation
(Wyoming) -- At the direction of the Wyoming Department of Revenue, the Fremont County Treasurer’s office is altering the sales tax rules for tribal members...

1/21/2014

article Tribe plans meeting with Coachella Valley officials on tax issue
(California) -- Coachella Valley officials are gathering Friday for a private meeting with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to hear about the tribe’s...

1/9/2014

article Top 10 Indian Tribal Tax Developments In 2013 And Priorities For 2014
(USA) -- In 2013, courts were active in issues relating to Indian tribes, including ruling on state tax matters and the federal income tax aspects of Section 17...

1/7/2014

article Tribe Files Lawsuit to End Illegal County Taxation in California
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are taking the fight to Riverside County, arguing that the County’s possessory interest tax imposed on...

1/6/2014

article Agua Caliente tribe sues Riverside County over tax
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has filed a new lawsuit, asking a federal judge to stop Riverside County from collecting a tax the tribe has...
article Tax dispute prompts Agua Caliente lawsuit
(California) -- An Inland Indian tribe is taking Riverside County to court over what tribal officials say is an illegal tax that doesn’t benefit their reservation.

12/4/2013

article Tribe ordered to pay up taxes
(Nova Scotia) -- Halifax County Commissioners informed the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe on Monday it’s time to pay the taxes.

12/2/2013

article Yakama Nation and state reach sensible accord on fuel taxes
(Washington) -- The state of Washington and the Yakama Nation have agreed on a new and improved way to collect fuel taxes at gas stations on the reservation.

11/22/2013

article State and Yakama Nation reach agreement on fuel taxes
(Washington) -- The Department of Licensing and the Yakama Nation recently settled a long-standing dispute about how to collect fuel taxes on fuel sold at gas stations...

11/7/2013

article Tribal Gas Station Files For Tax Exemption, Bloomfield Businesses Outraged
(Nebraska) -- A law passed over 2 decades ago in Congress allows the Ponca tribe of Nebraska to be exempt from paying taxes on up to 1,500 acres of land. So the tribe...
article Tribe waiting for tax exemption decision from Halifax County commissioners
(Nova Scotia) -- The Haliwa-Saponi Tribe will have to wait a little longer for a decision on a property tax exemption from the Halifax County Board of Commissioners.

11/5/2013

article Navajo Nation could place additional tax on junk food
(New Mexico) -- Buying chips and a soda on the Navajo Nation could get more expensive if a proposal to increase the sales tax on junk food is enacted. As the number of...

11/4/2013

article Governor will support appeal of Ponca’s actions
(Nebraska) -- Gov. Dave Heineman has indicated he will support efforts to appeal action taken by the Ponca tribe to have The White Eagle Express in Bloomfield exempt...

10/29/2013

article Tribal Parcels Not Subject to Village Tax, Federal Appeals Court Rules
(Wisconsin) -- A Wisconsin village with tribal parcels held in trust by the U.S. government cannot assess municipal taxes against the Indian tribe, a federal appeals...

10/26/2013

article 7th Circuit blocks village from imposing fees on Oneida Nation
(New York) -- The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin in a dispute over fees imposed on trust land. The court ruled that the...

10/13/2013

article New tribal land tax law causing alarm in Palm Springs
(California) -- A change to a federal regulation governing surface rights on tribal land could dramatically alter local taxing authority, especially in Palm Springs...

9/9/2013

article Other gaming tribes support Mashantuckets' review request in tax ruling
(Connecticut) -- Five Indian tribes, including Florida's Seminoles, are backing the Mashantucket Pequots' request that a federal appellate court revisit a ruling...

8/30/2013

article Tribal leaseholders seek tax refunds / Desert Water Agency filed suit to change new federal tax rule
(California) -- Leaseholders on tribal land are asking for property tax refunds because of a change in federal regulations that also prompted a local water authority to...

8/16/2013

article Tribal Sovereignty Supported in Latest Tax Reform Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A California congressman has introduced a far-reaching tax reform bill clarifying that sovereign tribal nations are as tax exempt as states and...

8/15/2013

article Connecticut casino towns expect windfall from slot leasing tax
(Connecticut) -- Montville's finance director says that town is expecting a $129,000 windfall as a result of this summer's federal court ruling that allows...

8/14/2013

article Federal judge rejects Mohawk tribe's land suit
(New York) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe aimed at blocking local municipal laws and taxes on land called the Hogansburg...

8/11/2013

article Ledyard owed thousands after slot tax ruling
(Connecticut) -- The Ledyard town government has received about $100,000 in tax payments from slot machine leasing companies since a July 15 court ruling, Mayor John...

8/5/2013

article Ruling On Leased Slots Opens Door To On-Reservation Personal Property Taxes
(Connecticut) -- In Mashantucket Pequot Tribe v. Town of Ledyard, an opinion certain to echo throughout Indian Country, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently...

8/4/2013

article Repay Illegally Taxed Native American Veterans! Says NCAI
(Washington D.C.) --  The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution recently urging Congress to recompense eligible Native American service members...

7/31/2013

article Court of appeals: Thurston County can't tax Great Wolf Lodge
(Washington) -- Thurston County won’t be able to assess a property tax on the south county resort known as Great Wolf Lodge after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
article Washington's Thurston County Loses Effort to Tax The Chehalis Indian Tribe's New Casino
(Washington) -- A casino that was built on land held in trust for the Chehalis Indian tribe, off its reservation, should not be taxed by state and local governments, the...

7/26/2013

article Ruling On Leased Slots Opens Door To On-Reservation Personal Property Taxes
(Connecticut) -- In Mashantucket Pequot Tribe v. Town of Ledyard, an opinion certain to echo throughout Indian Country, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently...

7/25/2013

article LEGAL BLOG: In Ledyard, 2nd Circuit Says Local Governments May Tax Non-Indian Personal Property Located On Indian Reservations
(Connecticut) -- Reversing a district court order that would have preempted the imposition of local taxes on personal property located on Indian reservations and...
article Tax refund unconstitutional
(Arizona) -- The Arizona attorney general ruled that a state statute dealing with a land dispute involving the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe is unconstitutional.

7/22/2013

article State aims to increase tribe’s tobacco sales tax
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s Office is still negotiating with Oklahoma officials on a new tobacco compact, but a sticking point seems to be...
article Attacking Sovereignty: 2nd Circuit Rules to Tax Slots at Tribal Casino
(Connecticut) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that the slot machines leased by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe from non-tribal businesses can be taxed.

7/19/2013

article Leased Slot Machines For Tribes Can Be Taxed [sub req'd]
(Connecticut) -- In a decision that could have ramifications for other Native American casinos, a federal appeals court this week ruled that slot machines leased by the...
article NY court rejects Conn. Indian casino tax lawsuit
(New York) -- An Indian tribe in Connecticut has lost its bid in a New York court to prove it does not owe local and state taxes on slot machines at its Foxwoods Resort...

7/18/2013

article Ka-Ching! Ledyard Can Tax Mashantuckets' Leased Slot Machines
(Connecticut) -- A federal court has ruled that Ledyard can tax slot machines leased by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and used in the tribe's casino.

7/16/2013

article Court ruling worth thousands in taxes to Ledyard
(Connecticut) -- Ledyard Mayor John Rodolico figures the town is entitled to more than a half-million dollars in unpaid back taxes, interest and fees in the wake of an...

6/11/2013

press release Indian Tribal Settlement Taxes Phone Forum
(Washington D.C.) -- The office of Indian Tribal Governments will host a 60 minute phone forum on June 26, 2013at 2 p.m. (EST) to discuss federal income taxation of:...

6/6/2013

article Editorial: Andrew Cuomo shrewdly pushes tribes on casino taxes
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to expand casino gambling is starting to look particularly cunning: Even if he doesn't get full table games at non-...
press release Indian Country Tax Strategy Meeting
(Washington D.C.) -- On Tuesday, June 4, the National Indian Gaming Association and the Lummi Nation hosted tribal leaders in the Nation's Capitol for an Indian...

5/15/2013

article Bill would require state to reimburse Cayuga, other counties that don't receive property tax payments from Indian nations
(New York) -- Legislation sponsored by several central New York representatives would require the state to reimburse counties affected by the failure of Indian nations...
article County board denies tribe appeal
(Oklahoma) -- The Comanche County Board of Equalization on Wednesday denied an appeal from the Comanche Nation of a property tax bill for a building that houses tribal...

5/6/2013

article Online Collection Gives U.S. Indians Ways to Get Revenue: Taxes
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian reservations are close to being put on a more equal tax footing with states. The Senate added language to the Internet sales tax bill that...
article BC committee debates paying for transit by taxing First Nations
(Vancouver) -- A Metro Vancouver regional district committee is floating the idea of imposing a levy on the area's aboriginals to add millions to its cash-strapped...

5/2/2013

article Experts: Tribal tax rule change a big deal
(California) -- Legal experts say a new federal regulation at the center of a lawsuit brought by Desert Water Agency could lead to dramatic changes to what money state...

4/19/2013

article Comanche Nation protests property tax
(Oklahoma) -- A Comanche County board heard tax protests from the Comanche Nation and the owners of a Lawton apartment complex during a meeting Wednesday.

3/12/2013

article Senate OKs tribal land tax exemption bill
(Idaho) -- The Senate approved a bill forbidding counties from taxing tribal government land on the state's reservations. The 33-2 decision came after brief debate...
article The end of tribal taxes / Only governor's approval needed for tribal property tax exemption
(Idaho) -- Coeur d'Alene Tribe officials were celebrating on Tuesday afternoon, when the state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill forbidding counties from taxing...
article Tribal property tax exemption bill passes Senate 33-2, heads to gov
(Idaho) -- HB 140, the bill brought by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe on behalf of all of Idaho’s Indian tribes to clarify that reservation property owned by tribal...

3/7/2013

article Tribal tax clarification bill wins backing of Senate committee, despite last-minute objections from Benewah County
(Idaho) -- The Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee has unanimously approved HB 140, the bill to clarify that land owned by tribal governments is exempt from...

3/6/2013

article County sets sights on taxing tribal businesses
(Oklahoma) -- Indian tribes, billboards and wind turbines may soon be providing new sources of property tax revenue if Comanche County Assessor Richard Strickland gets...

2/21/2013

article House approves tribal lands tax exemption bill
(Idaho) -- The House has approved a bill that would forbid counties from taxing tribal government land on the state's reservations.

2/20/2013

article Yakama tribal tobacco manufacturer loses round in federal court
(Washington) -- A Yakima tribal cigarette manufacturer could be on the hook for some $30 million in federal tobacco taxes under a recent federal court ruling.
article Tax dispute moves to U.S. District Court
(Nebraska) -- The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska has convinced a tribal court judge that it has the authority to tax alcohol sales in the village of Pender.

2/19/2013

article Judge: Yakama Nation tobacco company subject to federal taxes
(Washington) -- A ruling by a federal judge in Spokane could open a Yakama Nation tobacco company to tens of millions of dollars in tax liability.
article Omaha Tribe wins round in Pender booze tax fight
(Nebraska) -- The Omaha Tribe has won a round in its struggle with the village of Pender and alcohol retailers regarding the reservation boundaries and the tribe's...

2/18/2013

article House panel agrees: Bad idea to tax Indian land
(Idaho) -- The House Revenue and Taxation Committee unanimously passed a bill that would forbid counties from taxing tribal government land on the state's...
article Idaho House committee passes bill to forbid counties from taxing tribal government land
(Idaho) -- The Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee unanimously passed a bill that would forbid counties from taxing tribal government land on the state's...
article Rev & Tax unanimously backs bill to clarify that counties can’t tax tribal lands on reservations
(Idaho) -- There was no opposition, and the House Revenue & Taxation Committee was unanimous this morning in backing HB 140, the bill to clarify that tribe-owned...

2/16/2013

article Commissioners cancel tribe's property taxes
(Idaho) -- Kootenai County commissioners in northern Idaho have voted to cancel all property taxes on Coeur d'Alene Tribe reservation land for the last four years.

2/15/2013

article Coeur d'Alene Tribe's property taxes canceled
(Idaho) -- After a meeting with Coeur d'Alene Tribe officials on Friday, Kootenai County commissioners voted unanimously to cancel all property taxes on reservation...

2/14/2013

article Judge rules against Yakamas again in state fuel tax fight
(Washington) -- A federal judge has delivered the Yakama Nation a second blow in its fight against the state over fuel taxes on the reservation.

2/11/2013

article Idaho tribes: Tell counties not to tax Indian land
(Idaho) -- Idaho tribes want the Legislature to tell counties to quit taxing tribal government land on the state's reservations.
article Tribes vs. property tax / House Bill would make reservation land exempt from property taxes
(Idaho) -- Seeking equality for tribal governments, a lobbyist from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe encouraged the Legislature on Monday to halt counties' taxation of...

2/4/2013

article Tribal Help—Without Tax
(USA) -- Housing and education assistance, elder care and cultural programs for American Indians funded by tribal government casinos will remain tax-exempt under a draft...

1/17/2013

article Yakama gas tax dispute now in federal court
(Washington) -- A dispute between the state of Washington and the Yakama Nation over the fuel tax is headed for federal court. A federal judge last week tossed out a...

1/14/2013

article Another Round Aginst Puyallup Tobacco Taxing
(Washington) -- A cigarette seller can renew its challenge to a tax contract between the Puyallup Indian Tribe and the state of Washington, the 9th Circuit said Monday.

1/8/2013

article Senator Max Baucus: Fighting for tax fairness in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes, health care, trade, and Social Security, I’m in a unique...

1/4/2013

blog Dave Palermo: Tribes, IRS Making Progress on Tax Issues
(Washington D.C.) -- It was during a September hearing of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs that Rep. Don Young, D-Alaska, grew a bit impatient...

12/28/2012

article State takes fight over Yakama fuel tax to federal court
(Washington) -- A fight between the Yakama Nation and the state over a scrapped agreement that allowed tribal gas station owners to buy bulk fuel mostly free of state...
article Yakamas' feud with Wash. over fuel taxes in court
(Washington) -- Washington state has filed suit in federal court against the Yakama Nation over a disagreement about state fuel taxes.

12/21/2012

article Some Indians, Not Many, Earned Above $200,000
(USA) -- How many American Indians will see their tax rates go up at the beginning of 2013? It is impossible to tell, but here’s an interesting stat of some who...

12/18/2012

article No Tax Revenue For Casino Calls
(New Mexico) -- Bernalillo County commissioners say they plan to take a closer look at how much it costs to provide fire and rescue services to tribal casinos and small...

12/14/2012

article Yakama Nation sues Wash. state over gas tax deal
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation has filed suit against the state of Washington for abandoning an agreement that allowed tribal gas station owners to buy bulk fuel...
article Native American Tribe Taxing Rules Spelled Out By Treasury
(Washington D.C.) -- Taxes cannot be levied on honoraria to a shaman or spiritual leader for religious services, but could be assessed on per-capita payments from...

12/13/2012

article Yakama Nation sues Wash. state over gas tax deal
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation has filed suit against the state of Washington for abandoning an agreement that allowed tribal gas station owners to buy bulk fuel...

11/29/2012

article Washington County sues Passamaquoddy tribe over tax claim
(Maine) -- Washington County has filed suit against the Passamaquoddy nation, seeking recovery of payments in lieu of taxes dating to 2006. While no dollar amount is...

11/15/2012

article Cherokee Nation exempts Cherokee vets from sales tax
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee veterans will soon not pay sales tax on items purchased from Cherokee Nation-owned businesses.

11/5/2012

article Navajo Nation president signs off on tax bill
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has signed off on a bill that boosts the tribe's sales tax by 1%. The increase from 4% to 5% begins in January and is...

11/2/2012

article Tensions soar at Indian reservation over taxes
(New York) -- Tensions are mounting on a small indian reservation in northern New York over whether the tribe should be paying property taxes. The tax dispute raises the...

10/29/2012

article Many believe aboriginal people don't pay enough taxes
(Saskatchewan) -- A new poll suggests more than 60 per cent of Saskatchewan people believe aboriginal people don't pay enough taxes. The University of Saskatchewan...

10/25/2012

article State reviews casino tax rates
(New Mexico) -- A number of options to address the disparity between state gaming tax rates on racetrack casinos in New Mexico and the revenue sharing delivered to the...
article Tax on Navajoland may increase by 1 percent
(Arizona) -- If President Ben Shelly signs the Navajo Nation Sales Tax Distribution Reform Act of 2012 into law, the sales tax on the reservation would increase by 1-...

10/23/2012

article Navajo Nation increases sales tax
(New Mexico) -- Purchases are expected to cost a little more on the Navajo Nation, but for good cause, Navajo Nation officials said Friday.
article Navajo Nation signed a bill increasing the tribes sales tax
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is expected to sign a bill this week that would increase the tribe's sales tax by 1 percent.

9/19/2012

article Tribes Say IRS Moves to Tax Tribal Per Capita Payments; Congress Investigates
(Washington D.C.) -- Three tribal leaders testified before the U.S. Congress on September 15 that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was moving to tax non-gaming per...

9/16/2012

article Yakamas to consider commerce department this week
(Washington) -- Yakama tribal members will hold a special meeting Tuesday through Thursday to discuss establishing a new department of commerce to enforce business...

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