Dollar General defends plan to open in majority Native community

Native women rallied on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices heard Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a tribal jurisdiction case, on December 7, 2015. Photo by Indianz.Com

Dollar General operates more than 12,000 locations across the nation and wants to open another one in Chiloquin, Oregon.

Native Americans represent nearly 55 percent of the population in the city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many are members or descendants of the Klamath Tribes, whose leaders oppose the store because the company is refusing to submit to the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians despite entering into a consensual relationship with that tribe.

The store in Chiloquin won't technically be located in Indian Country but opposition from the Klamath Tribes, one of the largest employers in the region could influence whether or not the city grants a permit to the company. An informal survey of residents is due March 18.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Dollar General -- which reported $18.9 billion in net sales in 2014 -- told The Klamath Falls Herald and News that the tribal jurisdiction dispute shouldn't affect how the company is received. The spokesperson said the store would be a "good fit" for the community, the paper reported.

The company's dispute with the Mississippi Band was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on December 7, 2015. The outcome in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians could affect tribes nationwide depending how the justices rule.

The court heard the case prior to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and could still issue a decision with just eight members.

Chiloquin -- whose name derives from a Klamath chief, according to Wikipedia -- used to be a part of the Klamath Reservation. But the tribes lost their 1.2 million-acre when they were terminated by the federal government in 1954 and have been trying to restore their land base.

Get the Story:
Chiloquin expands Dollar General survey (The Klamath Falls Herald and News 3/8)

Relevant Documents:
Transcript: Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (December 7, 2015)

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