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11th Circuit hears arguments in Seminole Tribe taxation case






The flag of the Seminole Tribe. Image from Florida Heritage

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments this morning in a taxation dispute between the Seminole Tribe and the state of Florida.

Last September, a federal judge blocked the state from imposing utility and rental taxes on the reservation. The ruling was consistent with a 2012 Bureau of Indian Affairs regulation that protects Indian land from unlawful taxation.

The state appealed the ruling to the 11th Circuit. There's no timeline for a decision but it's possible the case could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, Seminole Tribe v. Florida.

Get the Story:
State, Seminole Tribe Square Off In Tax Dispute (CBSMiami / The News Service of Florida 5/12)

Relevant Documents:
Opinion: Seminole Tribe v. Florida | Judgment: Seminole Tribe v. Florida

Federal Register Notice:
Residential, Business, and Wind and Solar Resource Leases on Indian Land (December 5, 2012)

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