White Earth Band Wins Tax Case against Mahnomen County

The case is White Earth Band v. County of Mahnomen, in the District of Minnesota. It involves the interpretation of the White Earth Lands Claims Settlement Act. Here are the materials:

white-earth-motion-for-summary-judgment

mahnomen-county-response-and-cross-motion

white-earth-reply-brief

dct-order-granting-summ-j-to-white-earth

Huron Nottawaseppi Property Tax Dispute

From the Battle Creek Inquirer:

ATHENS — Athens Township’s attorney said the township has no means to collect back taxes from the local Potawatomi.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi’s Pine Creek Reservation in Athens Township was federally entrusted in summer 2008, making it untaxable land. But that came after it was assessed for 2008, so the tribe was billed for those taxes.

The tribe didn’t pay, saying it didn’t owe as a federally recognized tribe. The unpaid 2008 taxes are part of a pending Michigan Tax Tribunal case: The Potawatomi also has asked that taxes it paid from 2004 to 2007 be returned.

At the township board meeting Tuesday, Assessor Marcia Bails read a letter from Jim Norlander, township counsel. It said even though the property was assessable for 2008, Pine Creek now is federal property and can’t be foreclosed upon.

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LTBB Revenue Sharing

From the Petoskey News Review:

New casino revenue sharing approach planned

By Ryan Bentley News-Review Staff Writer

A more specific framework has been crafted for how Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians casino proceeds should be shared with the local community.

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