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Tulalip Tribes weigh tax on land sales by members

Members of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington might pay a hefty tax if they sell their land to non-Indians, The Everett Herald reports.

Last year, tribal members approved a proposal to impose a 17 percent tax on sales to non-Indians. The tribe is developing a new code to implement the law.

"We believe the reservation is sacred and we wanted to make sure that not as much land goes out of trust status," Chairman Mel Sheldon told the paper.

About 40 percent of the 22,000-acre reservation is held by non-Indians, Sheldon said.

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Tax would target sale of tribal land (The Everett Herald 2/18)