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Appeals court rules against Winnebago tribal corporation in tobacco case
Business | Law | National

Appeals court rules against Winnebago tribal corporation in tobacco case (July 5, 2018)

Businesses owned by the Winnebago Tribe must turn over tobacco records to federal authorities, according to a new court ruling.

Study pushes back earliest date of tobacco usage in North America
Environment

Study pushes back earliest date of tobacco usage in North America (June 19, 2018)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians helped finance a study of a limestone pipe that was used for tobacco.

Winnebago Tribe fights back in court after 'attack on sovereignty'
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Winnebago Tribe fights back in court after 'attack on sovereignty' (April 24, 2018)

A raid on the Winnebago Tribe's tobacco operations has spawned a new lawsuit in federal court.

Arne Vainio: 'If I quit smoking right now it wouldn't change a thing'
Health | Opinion

Arne Vainio: 'If I quit smoking right now it wouldn't change a thing' (April 11, 2018)

She was working hard to breathe. She always worked hard, but this time was different.

Frank LaMere: Native people are still fighting for our own rights
Opinion

Frank LaMere: Native people are still fighting for our own rights (February 12, 2018)

It seems like it is always the Indians versus their neighbors or my Winnebago people versus the whole world.

Winnebago Tribe slams raid on businesses as attack on sovereignty
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Winnebago Tribe slams raid on businesses as attack on sovereignty (January 31, 2018)

The leader of the Winnebago Tribe is firing back at federal and state officials in Nebraska, a day after federal agents raided the offices of the economic development corporation on the reservation.

Winnebago Tribe corporation cooperates with federal tobacco investigation
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Winnebago Tribe corporation cooperates with federal tobacco investigation (January 30, 2018)

Federal agents are investigating the tobacco operations of Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe takes action against three tobacco businesses
Business

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe takes action against three tobacco businesses (January 10, 2018)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced suspensions and more than $100,000 in fines against three tobacco vendors that do business on the reservation in New York.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community secures federal permit to manufacture tobacco
Business

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community secures federal permit to manufacture tobacco (December 12, 2017)

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is joining the tobacco manufacturing business and is partnering with an Indian owned firm..

Judge tells UPS to pay $247M for shipping Indian tobacco products
Business | Law

Judge tells UPS to pay $247M for shipping Indian tobacco products (June 1, 2017)

A federal judge said UPS turned a 'blind eye' to tax-free tobacco shipments to and from reservations in New York.

Judge holds UPS liable for transporting Indian tobacco products
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Judge holds UPS liable for transporting Indian tobacco products (March 29, 2017)

The world's largest package delivery company is on the hook for millions of dollars after being found liable for shipping Indian tobacco products in New York.

Tiffany Midge: Prepare for Donald Trump's next executive order!
Opinion | Politics

Tiffany Midge: Prepare for Donald Trump's next executive order! (March 2, 2017)

Next up for President Trump: tackling the world being flat and the Easter Bunny being real.

Vi Waln: Let's kick our smoking and tobacco habits in Indian Country
Health | Opinion

Vi Waln: Let's kick our smoking and tobacco habits in Indian Country (January 19, 2017)

Contrary to what you may believe, commercial tobacco is not ceremonial.

Yakama Nation tobacco dispute goes before federal appeals court
Business | Law

Yakama Nation tobacco dispute goes before federal appeals court (September 1, 2016)

The Washington tribe is challenging a federal tax that was imposed on a business that operates on an allotment within reservation boundaries.

Cayuga Nation accuses citizens of fraud for opening up smokeshop
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Cayuga Nation accuses citizens of fraud for opening up smokeshop (August 18, 2016)

Two tribal members acquired a small property in the name of the 'Cayuga Nation' and are selling cigarettes there.

Lakota Country Times: Youth of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe drive smoking policies
Health | National

Lakota Country Times: Youth of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe drive smoking policies (August 9, 2016)

Young people were the driving force behind the Canli Coalition, a group who worked on the Smoke Free Air Act enacted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Vi Waln: Too many of our own people continue to smoke cigarettes
Health | Opinion

Vi Waln: Too many of our own people continue to smoke cigarettes (July 27, 2016)

If the smoking chain is not broken now, our unborn generations will continue to die from disproportionately high disease rates.

Native Sun News: Indian inmates segregated for ceremonial tobacco use
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Native Sun News: Indian inmates segregated for ceremonial tobacco use (April 22, 2016)

Three Indian inmates were placed into the segregated housing unit at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, South Dakota, for violations related to botanicals used during ceremonies in the minimum security prison.

Charles Kader: Native businesses considered a threat to society
Canada | Opinion

Charles Kader: Native businesses considered a threat to society (April 4, 2016)

The Native business people, all over, feel extremely hard pressed to provide for their families, living under the threat of asset forfeiture and imprisonment.

Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribes
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Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribes (March 24, 2016)

The Iowa Tribe and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation entered into the agreements and negotiations continue with two more tribes.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community criticizes seizure of tobacco
Business | Canada | Law

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community criticizes seizure of tobacco (February 17, 2016)

The state of Michigan claims the cigarettes, which were manufactured by a company based on a First Nation in Canada, didn't bear state tax stamps.

Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe caves to state on taxes
Opinion

Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe caves to state on taxes (December 2, 2015)

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has voluntarily caved in – allowing the state of Montana to collect taxes on gasoline and tobacco products on the reservation.

Smoking rates in Indian Country continue to top the nation
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Smoking rates in Indian Country continue to top the nation (November 13, 2015)

In a glaring shift, smoking rates among American Indian and Alaska Native women actually increased.

Vice chairman of Alturas Rancheria faces big fine in tobacco case
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Vice chairman of Alturas Rancheria faces big fine in tobacco case (September 29, 2015)

Darren Paul Rose was accused of illegally selling tobacco to non-Indians at two smoke shops in California.

Native entrepreneur from Canada funded tribal marijuana grows
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Native entrepreneur from Canada funded tribal marijuana grows (July 10, 2015)

Jerry Montour 'financed' the operations at the Alturas Rancheria and the XL Rancheria in California, according to a Bureau of Indian Affairs special agent.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe outlaws smoking in public places
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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe outlaws smoking in public places (May 6, 2015)

Youth are being credited with helping convince tribal leaders to support the Smoke-Free Air Act, which went into effect on May 1.

Brian Pierson: Recent federal court rulings affecting Indian law
Law

Brian Pierson: Recent federal court rulings affecting Indian law (March 10, 2015)

Attorney Brian Pierson reviews some recent federal court decisions involving tribal interests in Nebraska, Washington and New York and beyond.

Supreme Court won't hear Yakama Nation treaty tobacco case
Business | Law

Supreme Court won't hear Yakama Nation treaty tobacco case (March 10, 2015)

The tribe argued that its treaty was interpreted without considering all of the evidence of the facts.

Indian tobacco company rebuffed in another dispute with state
Business | Law

Indian tobacco company rebuffed in another dispute with state (March 2, 2015)

Native Wholesale Supply Company has lost battles with Oklahoma, California and Idaho.

Editorial: Use tribal tax revenues for Oklahoma Indian museum
Opinion

Editorial: Use tribal tax revenues for Oklahoma Indian museum (February 6, 2015)

Of the $80 million needed to finish the project, $40 million in private funding has been pledged if the state comes up with the remaining $40 million.

John Kane: New York tries to choke tribal tobacco product sales
Opinion

John Kane: New York tries to choke tribal tobacco product sales (December 12, 2014)

The Native tobacco industry will not lie down for the Governor, his courts or his cops.

Authorities investigate another blaze on Shinnecock Reservation
Law

Authorities investigate another blaze on Shinnecock Reservation (December 10, 2014)

There have been three confirmed cases of arson on the reservation in the past year.

Alaska Native man hopes antismoking message reaches youth
Health | National

Alaska Native man hopes antismoking message reaches youth (December 2, 2014)

Michael George Patterson, who is Tlingit, is featured in a media campaigned aimed at American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Oklahoma lawmakers look at ways to finish Indian museum
Education | National | Politics

Oklahoma lawmakers look at ways to finish Indian museum (November 11, 2014)

A Republican plans to introduce legislation to devote tribal tobacco and tribal gaming revenues to the project.

9th Circuit rejects treaty claims of Indian tobacco manufacturer
Business | Law

9th Circuit rejects treaty claims of Indian tobacco manufacturer (September 26, 2014)

Ruling is the latest setback to the King Mountain Tobacco Company, a privately owned enterprise on the reservation.

Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure
Law | National | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure (September 26, 2014)

From the Cobell settlement to tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice led a dramatic shift in the federal-Indian relationship.

Shinnecock Nation tightens regulation of tobacco businesses
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Shinnecock Nation tightens regulation of tobacco businesses (September 22, 2014)

The tribe set up an oversight office and authorized a tax on the sale of tobacco products.

BSPR: Tobacco firm on Yakama Nation fights federal government
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BSPR: Tobacco firm on Yakama Nation fights federal government (September 8, 2014)

A tobacco company based on the Yakama Nation in Washington was just told to pay $58 million in federal taxes.

Judge tells tobacco firm on Yakama Nation to pay $58M in taxes
Business | Law

Judge tells tobacco firm on Yakama Nation to pay $58M in taxes (September 5, 2014)

The King Mountain Tobacco Company cited the Yakama Treaty of 1855 and the General Allotment Act in a bid to gain a tax exemption.

9th Circuit hears case over Yakama Nation tobacco manufacturer
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9th Circuit hears case over Yakama Nation tobacco manufacturer (August 29, 2014)

The King Mountain Tobacco Company is citing the 1855 Yakama Treaty to protect its right to market goods without state interference.

President of Navajo Nation bans smoking in executive buildings
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President of Navajo Nation bans smoking in executive buildings (August 22, 2014)

The executive order bars commercial tobacco in all interior spaces and within 25 feet of entrances, windows and ventilation systems

Shinnecock Nation asserts control over tobacco amid pressure
Business | Law

Shinnecock Nation asserts control over tobacco amid pressure (July 25, 2014)

The state has the highest tax in the nation and has been seizing shipments to tribal shops.

MPR: Cancer hits hardest among American Indians in Minnesota
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MPR: Cancer hits hardest among American Indians in Minnesota (July 8, 2014)

Minnesota Public Radio reports on the high rates of cancer among American Indians in the state.

Supreme Court won't hear appeal filed by Indian tobacco firm
Business | Law

Supreme Court won't hear appeal filed by Indian tobacco firm (June 23, 2014)

Native Wholesale Supply Company was fighting efforts to comply with state laws in Idaho and California.

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe settles dispute over raid of smokeshop
Business | Law

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe settles dispute over raid of smokeshop (June 13, 2014)

The tribe was accused of selling untaxed cigarettes.

Oklahoma court affirms $47.7M judgment in tribal tobacco case
Business | Law

Oklahoma court affirms $47.7M judgment in tribal tobacco case (June 11, 2014)

Native Wholesale Supply went bankrupt in 2011 and has a petition pending before the Supreme Court in another case.

Navajo Nation chapter backs ban on smoking in public places
Health

Navajo Nation chapter backs ban on smoking in public places (May 28, 2014)

Community in New Mexico is the first on the reservation to take action.

Indian Times: Weekly recap of news affecting Oklahoma tribes
National

Indian Times: Weekly recap of news affecting Oklahoma tribes (May 19, 2014)

Tobacco compact, Indian education, federal nominees and the minimum wage were in the news.

Native Sun News: Court backs Indian inmates over tobacco use
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Native Sun News: Court backs Indian inmates over tobacco use (May 5, 2014)

On Friday, April 25, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling of Judge Karen Schreier that the South Dakota Department of Corrections cannot ban tobacco from Native American inmates using it for religious purposes.

8th Circuit sides with Indian inmates in tobacco use lawsuit
Law | National

8th Circuit sides with Indian inmates in tobacco use lawsuit (April 28, 2014)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Indian inmates in a dispute over tobacco use.

Meskwaki Tribe ready to start construction on $6M travel plaza
Business

Meskwaki Tribe ready to start construction on $6M travel plaza (April 25, 2014)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa plans to open a $6 million travel plaza this fall.

Crushplate: 10 disturbing facts about Indian Country health
Health

Crushplate: 10 disturbing facts about Indian Country health (April 23, 2014)

The Crushplate blog uncovers 10 disturbing facts regarding the health of Native Americans.

Supreme Court takes no action on Indian tobacco petition
Business | Law

Supreme Court takes no action on Indian tobacco petition (April 21, 2014)

The U.S. Supreme Court went back to work this morning with no new activity in an Indian tobacco case.

Onondaga Nation is negotiations over tobacco taxation issue
Business | Law

Onondaga Nation is negotiations over tobacco taxation issue (April 17, 2014)

The Onondaga Nation of New York is in negotiations with federal authorities over a tobacco tax issue.

John Kane: New York governor keeps secret tribal tobacco rules
Opinion

John Kane: New York governor keeps secret tribal tobacco rules (April 9, 2014)

John Kane says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) won't disclose its tobacco taxation policy despite requests for information dating back years.

New York sues FedEx for delivering cigarettes from Indian firms
Business | Law

New York sues FedEx for delivering cigarettes from Indian firms (April 1, 2014)

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit against FedEx, accusing the shipping giant of violating state and federal law by delivering cigarettes from smoke shops in Indian Country.

John Kane: Republicans and Democrats go after tribal wealth
Opinion

John Kane: Republicans and Democrats go after tribal wealth (March 19, 2014)

John Kane doesn't think Republicans or Democrats have treated tribes in New York kindly, especially when it comes to tobacco.

Comanche Nation accuses Oklahoma of breaking tobacco deal
Business | Law

Comanche Nation accuses Oklahoma of breaking tobacco deal (November 20, 2013)

The Comanche Nation,has entered emergency arbitration proceedings with the state of Oklahoma over its tobacco compact.

Editorial: Cherokee Nation reaches improved tobacco compact
Business | Opinion

Editorial: Cherokee Nation reaches improved tobacco compact (November 20, 2013)

Newspaper praises Cherokee Nation for agreeing to a new tobacco tax compact with the state of Oklahoma.

Oliver Semans: Destroying our sovereignty through taxation
Opinion

Oliver Semans: Destroying our sovereignty through taxation (November 14, 2013)

Oliver Semans, the executive director of Four Directions, discusses attacks on tribal sovereignty through taxation.