Wash. Tribal Members Found Exempt From Gas Import Taxes

Law360, Washington (March 17, 2017, 2:00 PM EDT) -- The right to travel guaranteed under a U.S. government treaty with the Yakama Nation prohibits the taxation of fuel imports by tribal members, a majority of Washington Supreme Court justices said Thursday in nixing a $3.6 million bill.

The justices voted 7-1 in favor of distributor Cougar Den Inc., a corporation of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, of which the company's owner, Kip Ramsey, is a member. The Washington State Department of Licensing cannot assert fuel import licensing and taxation requirements against Cougar Den, the majority held, because that importation falls under the unfettered right to travel...

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