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Yakama Nation considers withdrawing tax deals


The Yakama Nation is considering rescinding its tobacco and gas tax compacts with the state of Washington.

The agreements were approved by two tribal officials without the consent of the tribal council, said council member Lavina Washines. "In fact, I overheard ... it was handled over the phone. Something this important should never be handled over the phone," she told The Yakima Herald-Republic.

The paper did not identify the officials who signed the agreements, which required the state to refund $113,109 to the tribe and imposed new taxes on tribal gas stations.

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State taxes contentious for Yakamas (The Yakima Herald-Republic 9/19)

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