Tribes lukewarm over ND proposed tax framework

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Some American Indian leaders are lukewarm over legislation that would allow tribes in North Dakota to collect a state sales tax on their reservations.

The legislation would require taxation of all tribal and non-tribal owned businesses. Tribal leaders say Indian-owned casinos should be exempt because revenue from them is used for essential services on reservations.

The state's 5 percent sales tax isn't currently collected on tribal-owned businesses on reservations. The Tribal Taxation Issues Committee, headed by Gov. Doug Burgum, reviewed draft proposal that set up the framework to allow it on Wednesday.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe had a similar agreement with the state in 2016. But it ended after the state disagreed with the tribe's contention that its casino purchases were not taxable.


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