Klamath Tribes oppose Dollar General store due to court challenge

Representatives of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center send a message to Dollar General for opposing tribal court jurisdiction. Photo from NIWRC

The Klamath Tribes of Oregon are taking a stand against a proposed Dollar General store in the community.

A letter from Chairman Don Gentry cited Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a case that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on December 7, 2015. A decision hasn't been issued but the publicly-traded company, which reported $18.9 billion in net sales in 2014, is refusing to submit to the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians despite operating a store on trust land under an agreement with the tribe.

"A company with integrity would not agree to jurisdiction in a lease, and then disregard its legal agreement and spend over a decade litigation the issue," Gentry said in the letter to the mayor and council in Chiloquin.

Dollar General needs city and county approval to open the store in Chiloquin, The Klamath Falls Herald and News reported. City officials are seeking public opinion before moving forward, the paper said.

The Supreme Court heard the case prior to the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. His death could tip the scales in favor of the Mississippi Band, John Dossett, the general counsel of the National Congress of American Indians said at the organization's winter session in Washington, D.C., last week.

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Transcript: Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (December 7, 2015)

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