Judge in Oklahoma reinstates tribal tobacco rule
A judge in Oklahoma has reinstated one of the state's tribal tobacco rules.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission imposed Rule 12 to bar tribal smoke shops from selling low-tax cigarettes to other retailers. An arbitration panel ruled that such a practice violated the tribal-state compact.

Six smoke shops within the Cherokee Nation sued to block the rule. It was put on hold while the arbitration panel considered the issue.

The Cherokee smoke shops will now have to comply with the rule. The tribe, however, claims it deserves a better tobacco compact.

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