Indian business must pay workers' compensation
A Three Affiliated Tribes member doing business on the Fort Berthold Reservation must pay workers' compensation, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled last week.

Frank Whitecalfe said he didn't have to pay premiums to the state since his business was solely located on the reservation. But the court said only tribally-owned business are protected by sovereign immunity.

Whitecalfe owes a reported $94,000 to the state. The case began when a former worker filed for unemployment compensation.

Get the Story:
State Supreme Court says man owes $94,000 in premiums (AP 6/12)

Court Decision:
North Dakota v. JFK Raingutters (June 7, 2007)