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Oklahoma seeks arbitration over tobbaco taxes

The state of Oklahoma is seeking arbitration with the Cherokee Nation and the Osage Nation for alleged violations of the tribal-state tobacco compact.

State Treasurer Scott Meacham said the two tribes aren't collecting the proper state tax under the compact. This has contributed to 60 to 70 percent loss in tax revenues so far, he said.

A third tribe, the Creek Nation, doesn't have a compact. Meacham said he is considering lawsuits against Creek retailers who are selling cigarettes without collecting the state tax.

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Tobacco disputes need arbitrator, treasurer says (The Oklahoman 11/22)

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