Tribes Urge 7th Circ. To Find Land Sales Don't Nix Tax Break

By Paul Williams (September 27, 2021, 8:27 PM EDT) -- Four Chippewa tribes asserted to the Seventh Circuit that a federal judge incorrectly interpreted a treaty and common law in finding that reservation lands can be subject to property taxes by Wisconsin once the land is sold to non-Indians.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and three other federally recognized tribes argued in a reply brief that the 1854 Treaty of La Pointe shields tribal lands from state taxation whether or not those lands were continuously owned by Native Americans. The tribes said because they were told when the treaty was being negotiated that no one...

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