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Oklahoma tribes look to gas tax ruling for guidance

Oklahoma tribes say an appeals court ruling striking down state taxation will have an affect on their businesses.

Many Oklahoma tribes have gas and cigarette tax compacts with the state. They share a portion of revenues with the state.

But the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals last week said the state has no right to interfere with tribal enterprises if the tribe is adding value to its product. The court ruled that Kansas could not impose a fuel distributor tax on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Oklahoma and Kansas both impose a fuel distributor tax.

Get the Story:
Tribes get victory in court on tax issue (The Daily Oklahoman 8/14)

Get the Decision:

Related Decision:
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation v. Pierce (10th Circuit June 25, 2001)

Relevant Links:
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation -

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