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Washington cancels Yakama Nation tobacco compact


The state of Washington officially terminated its tobacco compact with the Yakama Nation.

The tribe signed the agreement in 2004 but never fully agreed with the state's position on taxation, Chairman Ralph Sampson Jr. said. A newer compact was negotiated but it is tied up in tribal courts.

Without a compact, the state says selling tobacco products to non-Indians without the proper tax stamps is illegal. No enforcement action is planned at this time.

Get the Story:
Accord goes up in smoke (The Yakima Herald-Republic 7/8)
WA cancels cigarette deal with Yakama tribe (The The Seattle Times 7/8)

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