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City rejects Citizen Potawatomi Nation land detachment petition

The FireLake Corner Store in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Photo from Citizen Potawatomi Nation

The city commission in Shawnee, Oklahoma, deadlocked 3-3 on a land detachment petition submitted by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

The tribe filed the petition after the city claimed tribal businesses must collect the city's five percent sales tax. The city halted the effort but the tribe still wants a formal declaration that its trust lands do not fall under local jurisdiction.

Turnout for the hearing was strong, according to news reports. There appeared to be more supporters of the petition than opponents but The Tecumseh Countywide News said the city limited each side to about 30 minutes.

A map of the lands covered by the petition. Image from Citizen Potawatomi Nation

The petition covers 1,724 acres of trust land. The properties are shown in pink on the image above.

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Tribal land detachment denied following public hearing (The Shawnee News-Star 1/22)
Executive session: Attorney to proceed (The Shawnee News-Star 1/22)
Split Vote By Shawnee City Commission Denies CPN Detachment (The Tecumseh Countywide News 1/22)

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