Judge says tribe must collect state tobacco taxes

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan has to pay state tobacco taxes, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

The tribe filed suit against the state over the state's seizure of tobacco products. The state said the tribe and its members were failing to collect taxes.

U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell agreed with the state. He said the tribe can seek refunds for taxes paid to the state, although he said such a system might be open to review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In June, another federal judge barred the state from imposing property taxes on the reservation.

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Court bars tobacco tax lawsuit by tribe (AP 9/16)
Judge rules against KBIC in tobacco case (The Marquette Mining Journal 9/14)

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