Lawmakers call for court resolution of tax dispute
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Most members of Rhode Island's Congressional delegation called on the courts to resolve a dispute over tax-free cigarettes being sold on the Narragansett Reservation.

Only Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R) was outright opposed to the smokeshop, calling it illegal. Chafee is responsible for a rider that ensures the tribe cannot open a casino by following the procedures of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Minority groups in the state were more critical of the state, calling the raid a disgrace. Latino, Asian and other civil rights groups said Gov. Donald Carcieri shouldn't have resorted to calling in the police.

Randy Noka, first councilman for the tribe, appeared at a debate on gaming yesterday. He defended the tribe's actions and compared them to the state's treatment of their push to open a casino.

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Settle it in court, R.I. delegation says (The Providence Journal 7/16)
Minority groups condemn raid on smoke shop as racist (The Providence Journal 7/16)
Noka defends tribe's actions at smoke-shop melee (The Providence Journal 7/16)
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Tribe's Feud With Police Goes to Courts (The New York Times 7/16)
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Media of the Raid:
Video | Pictures

Relevant Laws:
Rhode Island Indian Claims Settlement Act (US Code)

Relevant Links:
Narragansett Tribe -
Rhode Island Governor -
Rhode Island Attorney General -

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