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'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case
'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case (August 15, 2019)

Members of a once powerful family of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians admitted to stealing nearly $5 million from their tribe.


Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigations
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Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigations (October 12, 2016)

The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice are looking into the North Carolina tribe.


Another guilty plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal
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Another guilty plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal (July 1, 2016)

Brian Kelly Eagleman, a former council member, is the latest to admit guilt as part of a wide-ranging investigation on the reservation.


Bill to exempt tribes from Affordable Care Act mandate draws fire
Bill to exempt tribes from Affordable Care Act mandate draws fire (June 21, 2016)

A bill to exempt tribes from providing health coverage to their employees is moving forward on Capitol Hill amid opposition from Democrats.


Miccosukee Tribe returns Billy Cypress to power despite theft claim
Miccosukee Tribe returns Billy Cypress to power despite theft claim (March 8, 2016)

The tribe needed a new leader because former chairman Colley Billie was removed from office last November amid allegations of $82 million in financial mismanagement.


Original Americans Foundation discloses $3.7M in gifts to tribes
Original Americans Foundation discloses $3.7M in gifts to tribes (January 15, 2016)

The Washington NFL team is disclosing the foundation's finances to the Internal Revenue Service.


Kathleen Nilles: Five ways tribes can reduce taxes for members
Kathleen Nilles: Five ways tribes can reduce taxes for members (January 7, 2016)

Thanks to the passage of federal legislation, as well as some favorable IRS administrative rulings and procedures, tribal leaders now have the ability to structure programs and establish plans that can relieve federal and state income tax burdens.


Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending case
Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending case (November 17, 2015)

Neal Rosette and Billi Anne Morsette are admitting to bribery, theft and income tax charges and have agreed to repay the tribe a total of $1.2 million.


Miccosukee Tribe removes Chairman Colley Billie from office
Miccosukee Tribe removes Chairman Colley Billie from office (November 11, 2015)

Tribal members accused Colley Billie of removing $82 million from a reserve account tied to an ongoing taxation dispute.


Republican Jeb Bush wants to repeal Indian health care law
Republican Jeb Bush wants to repeal Indian health care law (October 14, 2015)

The Affordable Care Act includes a permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act that Republicans want to eliminate.


Final guidance issued on taxation of tribal per capita payments
Final guidance issued on taxation of tribal per capita payments (September 18, 2015)

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final guidance after extensive consultation in Indian Country


Law Article: Tribal deferred per capita plans can reduce taxes
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Law Article: Tribal deferred per capita plans can reduce taxes (September 15, 2015)

A deferred per capita plan is a plan sponsored by an Indian tribal government that permits its members to voluntarily invest a portion of their per capita distributions in a tax-deferred savings vehicle.


Chukchansi Tribe confirms IRS summons into economic arm
Chukchansi Tribe confirms IRS summons into economic arm (August 18, 2015)

The head of Chukchansi Inc. also sits on the tribal council and Chairman Reggie Lewis wants him suspended from office.


Appeals court opens leader of Miccosukee Tribe to IRS summons
Appeals court opens leader of Miccosukee Tribe to IRS summons (June 2, 2015)

Chairman Colley Billie claimed immunity but the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the tribe's sovereignty is not superior to that of the United States.


Northern Arapaho Tribe asks judge to block health care rules
Northern Arapaho Tribe asks judge to block health care rules (February 13, 2015)

The tribe faces $1.5 million tax penalties if it does not provide insurance to employees.


Law Article: Indian Country saw positive developments in 2014
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Law Article: Indian Country saw positive developments in 2014 (February 4, 2015)

From the favorable Supreme Court decision in the Bay Mills case through the issuance by the U.S. Attorney General of principles for working with tribes, the year started and ended with key legal advancements for tribal interests.


IRS placed $664K in tax liens on leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
IRS placed $664K in tax liens on leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (January 23, 2015)

An attorney for the tribe said the issue, dating back to 1994, has been resolved.


Steve Russell: Claiming the Indian tax exemption for health care
Steve Russell: Claiming the Indian tax exemption for health care (January 20, 2015)

The claim that Indians do not generally have to pay federal taxes is a load of hooey, but few of us have not heard it.


Judge delays contempt decision for chairman of Miccosukee Tribe
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Judge delays contempt decision for chairman of Miccosukee Tribe (December 23, 2014)

The new Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, which became law in September, is now an issue in the case.


Northern Arapaho Tribe files lawsuit over Affordable Care Act rules
Northern Arapaho Tribe files lawsuit over Affordable Care Act rules (December 10, 2014)

The tribe says working-class Native Americans who obtained coverage through healthcare.gov will be penalized.


Chair of Miccosukee Tribe faces contempt over dispute with IRS
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Chair of Miccosukee Tribe faces contempt over dispute with IRS (December 9, 2014)

A December 15 hearing could determine whether Chairman Colley Billie is held in contempt for refusing to turn over financial information about tribal members.


Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Tax disparities remain in Indian Country
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Tax disparities remain in Indian Country (November 21, 2014)

Enactment of H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, won't solve taxation problems facing tribes.


Law Article: Tribes gain more flexibility under new taxation law
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Law Article: Tribes gain more flexibility under new taxation law (October 7, 2014)

Attorneys discuss H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, which became law on September 26.


Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act signed into law by Obama
Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act signed into law by Obama (September 29, 2014)

Tribal leaders call the new law a victory for self-determination and sovereignty.


Native Sun News: Tribes take on IRS and win battle over taxation
Native Sun News: Tribes take on IRS and win battle over taxation (September 29, 2014)

When the IRS came to Indian Country and attempted to trample on the rights of tribes, they ended up taking a whooping from tribes and their friends in Congress.


Bryan Brewer: Congress does right thing with tribal taxation bill
Bryan Brewer: Congress does right thing with tribal taxation bill (September 26, 2014)

The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe praises Congress for passing H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act.


IHS and IRS  simplify tax exemption issue for Indian descendants
IHS and IRS simplify tax exemption issue for Indian descendants (September 24, 2014)

Patients who are eligible for care through the IHS, urban Indian organizations and tribal providers will be able to be claim an exemption through the tax filing process.


Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act awaits Obama's signature
Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act awaits Obama's signature (September 23, 2014)

The Internal Revenue Service started auditing tribes in 2005, an attorney for the National Congress of American Indians said.


Dante Desiderio: Working together to address tribal tax issue
Dante Desiderio: Working together to address tribal tax issue (September 22, 2014)

Dante Desiderio welcomes cooperative work that led to passage of the H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act.


Congress passes measure for tribal general welfare programs
Congress passes measure for tribal general welfare programs (September 19, 2014)

The Native American Finance Officers Association praised the bipartisan action on the bill this week.


Rep. Daines praises House action on tribal general welfare bill
Rep. Daines praises House action on tribal general welfare bill (September 18, 2014)

The Montana Republican said the measure will help tribes provide general welfare services to their people without fear of audits and enforcement actions from the IRS.


House approves bill to address tribal general welfare programs
House approves bill to address tribal general welfare programs (September 17, 2014)

Lawmakers said the bill puts tribes on the same level as state and federal governments regarding payments made through general welfare programs.


House takes up bill to address tribal general welfare programs
House takes up bill to address tribal general welfare programs (September 16, 2014)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R) said the bill promotes tribal self-determination and reliance without additional cost to the U.S. government.


Bryan Brewer: Approve HR.3043 to stop IRS harassment of tribes
Bryan Brewer: Approve HR.3043 to stop IRS harassment of tribes (September 15, 2014)

Bryan Brewer, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, calls for passage of H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act.


Lamwakers introduce bill for adoption tax credit for Indian parents
Lamwakers introduce bill for adoption tax credit for Indian parents (July 9, 2014)

The Tribal Adoption Parity Act recognizes tribal determinations for special needs children.


Opinion: IRS issues guidance on tribal general welfare exclusion
Opinion: IRS issues guidance on tribal general welfare exclusion (June 30, 2014)

Attorneys discuss new guidance from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the Application of the General Welfare Exclusion to Indian Tribal Government Programs That Provide Benefits to Tribal Members.


Law Article: IRS broadens general welfare exclusion for tribes
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Law Article: IRS broadens general welfare exclusion for tribes (June 9, 2014)

Attorneys discuss new guidance from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the Application of the General Welfare Exclusion to Indian Tribal Government Programs That Provide Benefits to Tribal Members.


Law Article: IRS issues guidance on general welfare exclusion
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Law Article: IRS issues guidance on general welfare exclusion (June 6, 2014)

Attorney discusses new guidance from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the Application of the General Welfare Exclusion to Indian Tribal Government Programs That Provide Benefits to Tribal Members.


More than 70 tribes have completed trust fund settlements
More than 70 tribes have completed trust fund settlements (June 3, 2014)

Including the Navajo Nation, 73 tribes have reached settlements with the Obama administration.


IRS finalizes guidance on general welfare exclusion for tribes
IRS finalizes guidance on general welfare exclusion for tribes (June 3, 2014)

Policy seeks to provide clarify for tribes that provide benefits to their members.


Opinion: Puyallup Tribe prevails in per capita dispute with IRS
Opinion: Puyallup Tribe prevails in per capita dispute with IRS (May 6, 2014)

Accountant discusses case in which the Puyallup Tribe of Washington fought the Internal Revenue Service over a per capita issue.


Judge won't force Puyallup Tribe to comply with IRS levy request
Judge won't force Puyallup Tribe to comply with IRS levy request (April 14, 2014)

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington has prevailed in a taxation dispute with the Internal Revenue Service.


Law Article: IRS issues guidance on taxation of tribal per caps
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Law Article: IRS issues guidance on taxation of tribal per caps (March 19, 2014)

Attorneys discuss guidance from Internal Revenue Service regarding the taxation of per capita payments from tribal trust funds.


IRS issues tax guidance on per capita payouts from trust funds
IRS issues tax guidance on per capita payouts from trust funds (March 10, 2014)

The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today regarding the taxation of per capita payments from tribal trust funds.


Law Article: IRS proposes rule to  address fishing rights income
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Law Article: IRS proposes rule to address fishing rights income (November 20, 2013)

Attorneys discuss a proposed Internal Revenue Service regulation that would address income earned from tribal members who exercise their fishing rights.


Judge threatens chairman of  Miccosukee Tribe with daily fines
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Judge threatens chairman of Miccosukee Tribe with daily fines (November 5, 2013)

A federal judge threatened daily fines against the leader of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida as part of a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service.


IRS requests contempt order for chairman of Miccosukee Tribe
IRS requests contempt order for chairman of Miccosukee Tribe (October 31, 2013)

The Internal Revenue Service is asking a federal judge to hold the leader of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida in contempt.


Tribes support  measure to address general welfare exclusion
Tribes support measure to address general welfare exclusion (September 25, 2013)

Tribes are supporting legislation in the 113th Congress that would address taxation of benefits provided by tribal governments.


Bryan Brewer: Oglala Sioux Tribe backs bill to stop   harassment
Bryan Brewer: Oglala Sioux Tribe backs bill to stop harassment (September 5, 2013)

Bryan Brewer, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, says H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, will prevent the Internal Revenue Service from harassing tribes.


Chippewa Cree Tribe  holds special election to fill chairman's job
Chippewa Cree Tribe holds special election to fill chairman's job (July 30, 2013)

Voters of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana are electing a new chairman today.


Bryan Brewer: IRS singling out tribal governments for scrutiny
Bryan Brewer: IRS singling out tribal governments for scrutiny (July 9, 2013)

Bryan Brewer, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, says the IRS is unfairly targeting tribal governments.


IRS  hosts phone forum on tax issues and recent settlements
IRS hosts phone forum on tax issues and recent settlements (June 11, 2013)

The Internal Revenue Service will be hosting a phone forum on June 26 to discuss tax issues affecting recent settlements in Indian Country. The agenda for the forum lists three...


Health care reform law includes limited definition of 'Indian'
Health care reform law includes limited definition of 'Indian' (May 13, 2013)

The Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to obtain health insurance but a key provision exempts American Indians and Alaska Natives who receive care through the Indian Health Service. But...


Law Article: IRS determination aids tribes with  energy credits
Law Article: IRS determination aids tribes with energy credits (March 19, 2013)

Attorneys say a newly released determination from the Internal Revenue Service helps tribes with renewable energy projects: The IRS released a ruling this week that opens the door to Indian...


Tribes lobby Congress for  equal treatment on tax-free bonds
Tribes lobby Congress for equal treatment on tax-free bonds (March 11, 2013)

Tribes are lobbying Congress for equal treatment in issuing tax-exempt bonds. Tribes often issue tax-exempt bonds for economic development projects. But the Internal Revenue Service has determined that projects such...


Senator  Max Baucus: Fighting for tax fairness in Indian Country
Senator Max Baucus: Fighting for tax fairness in Indian Country (January 8, 2013)

As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes, health care, trade, and Social Security, I’m in a unique position to help introduce and pass legislation that...


Dave Palermo: Tribes make progress on taxation issues with IRS
Dave Palermo: Tribes make progress on taxation issues with IRS (January 4, 2013)

"It was during a September hearing of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs that Rep. Don Young, D-Alaska, grew a bit impatient with witness Christy Jacobs, director...


IRS issues new guidance on general welfare exclusion for tribes
IRS issues new guidance on general welfare exclusion for tribes (December 6, 2012)

The Internal Revenue Service has issued new guidance affecting taxation of benefits provided by tribal governments. Generally, all income and benefits are subject to federal income tax. But the "tribal...


Federal agents raided at least two  smokeshops in Northwest
Federal agents raided at least two smokeshops in Northwest (September 21, 2012)

Agents from the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided at least two Indian-owned smokeshops on Wednesday, according to news reports. The Fightin’ Creek...


More  tribal trust fund settlements    expected in coming weeks
More tribal trust fund settlements expected in coming weeks (September 20, 2012)

The Obama administration has settled 55 tribal trust fund lawsuits but even more deals are in the works. Most of the deals were announced in a White House ceremony in...