Ala. Tribe Says Trust Land Used For Casino Is Tax-Exempt

Law360, New York (May 27, 2015, 1:53 PM EDT) -- A Native American tribe sued the tax assessor of a southern Alabama county on Tuesday for assessing property taxes on tribal trust lands on which the tribe operates a casino, which it says violates federal law exempting the land from state and local taxation.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians' suit claims that Escambia County Tax Assessor James H. Hildreth Jr. has impermissibly begun assessing property tax on nearly 230 acres of land within the county that's held in trust for the tribe, despite knowing that the property in question has been exempt from local taxation since at least 1986....

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