Millions of tax revenue at stake in Tulalip tribal lawsuit
A federal judge is deciding who gets to collect millions of dollars in sales tax generated by businesses on part of the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Washington state.
The Daily Herald reports the Tulalip Tribes sued the state and Snohomish County to stop them from collecting the tax generated by businesses in Quil Ceda Village, a large retail complex on tribal land north of Seattle.
The case is before U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein, who presided over the trial in May.
In closing legal arguments filed last week, tribal leaders assert their sovereign rights and say federal law prevents the state and county from collecting sales tax at those stores.
Attorneys for the state and county dispute that taxing non-Indians at the village has infringed on the tribe’s sovereignty. They say they provide most government services at the village.