Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shawano Area Tribe Loses Court Ruling

From the Green Bay Press.
"Update: Stockbridge-Munsee tribe loses land in court

The Associated Press • January 20, 2009 " Update: Stockbridge-Munsee tribe loses land in court | greenbaypressgazette.com | Green Bay Press-Gazette

MADISON — A court ruling shrinking a Wisconsin Indian tribe’s reservation means gambling cannot resume at a Shawano County golf course and some tribal members may have to pay back taxes.

Some of the fall out for the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe.
The tribe always has claimed the property inside the 1856 boundaries, which include the Shawano County towns of Bartelme and Red Springs, Chicks said. About half of the 1,500 tribal members live inside that area.

If it stands, the decision could have implications for tribal members who live in the disputed boundaries and have not been paying taxes. In general, Indians who live and work on reservations do not pay state income taxes.

In 2000, the tribe agreed to collect taxes that could be due if its appeal failed. That escrow account could soon be turned over to the state. The program was voluntary, however, and some may not have participated.

Once the case is resolved, the state Department of Revenue could seek back taxes and penalties against tribal members who still owe taxes.

I would suppose the tribe can drag out litigation and wait to get the right court in place to get their land back. They just have to wait for an Obama court.

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