Ala. Tribe Wants To Halt Tax Assessments On Casino Land

Law360, New York (June 5, 2015, 1:58 PM EDT) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians on Thursday urged an Alabama federal court to block a local tax assessor from assessing property taxes on tribal trust lands that hold a casino, saying the court must preserve the tribe's sovereignty and federal tax exemptions.

Federal law exempts tribal trust land from state and local taxation and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which is a federally recognized tribe, says 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...

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