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Tribe Takes Tobacco Tax Fight to 9th Cicuit


SEATTLE (CN) — Facing a $23 million federal tax bill it doesn't believe it should pay, a Native American-owned tobacco company urged the Ninth Circuit to keep its land safe from seizure by the U.S. government.

King Mountain Tobacco initiated the challenge at hand five years ago, telling a federal judge that the Yakama Indian Nation's 1855 treaty with the United States bars it from having to pay excise taxes on tobacco products.

The company runs on 80 acres of Yakama land in White Swan, Washington, started in 2006 by Delbert Wheeler Sr., a member of the Yakama tribe who died this past July.


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