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Judge holds UPS liable for transporting Indian tobacco productsFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Judge holds UPS liable for transporting Indian tobacco products (March 29, 2017)
The world's largest package delivery company is on the hook for millions of dollars after being found liable for shipping Indian tobacco products in New York.
Tiffany Midge: Prepare for Donald Trump's next executive order!Filed Under: Opinion | Politics
Tiffany Midge: Prepare for Donald Trump's next executive order! (March 2, 2017)
Next up for President Trump: tackling the world being flat and the Easter Bunny being real.
Vi Waln: Let's kick our smoking and tobacco habits in Indian CountryFiled Under: Abramoff Scandal | Health | Opinion
Vi Waln: Let's kick our smoking and tobacco habits in Indian Country (January 19, 2017)
Contrary to what you may believe, commercial tobacco is not ceremonial.
Yakama Nation tobacco dispute goes before federal appeals courtFiled Under: Business | Law
Yakama Nation tobacco dispute goes before federal appeals court (September 1, 2016)
The Washington tribe is challenging a federal tax that was imposed on a business that operates on an allotment within reservation boundaries.
Cayuga Nation accuses citizens of fraud for opening up smokeshopFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Cayuga Nation accuses citizens of fraud for opening up smokeshop (August 18, 2016)
Two tribal members acquired a small property in the name of the 'Cayuga Nation' and are selling cigarettes there.
Lakota Country Times: Youth of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe drive smoking policiesFiled Under: Health | National
Lakota Country Times: Youth of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe drive smoking policies (August 9, 2016)
Young people were the driving force behind the Canli Coalition, a group who worked on the Smoke Free Air Act enacted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Vi Waln: Too many of our own people continue to smoke cigarettesFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Vi Waln: Too many of our own people continue to smoke cigarettes (July 27, 2016)
If the smoking chain is not broken now, our unborn generations will continue to die from disproportionately high disease rates.
Native Sun News: Indian inmates segregated for ceremonial tobacco useFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Indian inmates segregated for ceremonial tobacco use (April 22, 2016)
Three Indian inmates were placed into the segregated housing unit at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, South Dakota, for violations related to botanicals used during ceremonies in the minimum security prison.
Charles Kader: Native businesses considered a threat to societyFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Opinion
Charles Kader: Native businesses considered a threat to society (April 4, 2016)
The Native business people, all over, feel extremely hard pressed to provide for their families, living under the threat of asset forfeiture and imprisonment.
Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribesFiled Under: Business | Law | Politics
Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribes (March 24, 2016)
The Iowa Tribe and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation entered into the agreements and negotiations continue with two more tribes.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community criticizes seizure of tobaccoFiled Under: Business | First Nations in Canada | Law
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community criticizes seizure of tobacco (February 17, 2016)
The state of Michigan claims the cigarettes, which were manufactured by a company based on a First Nation in Canada, didn't bear state tax stamps.
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe caves to state on taxesFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe caves to state on taxes (December 2, 2015)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has voluntarily caved in – allowing the state of Montana to collect taxes on gasoline and tobacco products on the reservation.
Smoking rates in Indian Country continue to top the nationFiled Under: Health | National
Smoking rates in Indian Country continue to top the nation (November 13, 2015)
In a glaring shift, smoking rates among American Indian and Alaska Native women actually increased.
Vice chairman of Alturas Rancheria faces big fine in tobacco caseFiled Under: Business | Law
Vice chairman of Alturas Rancheria faces big fine in tobacco case (September 29, 2015)
Darren Paul Rose was accused of illegally selling tobacco to non-Indians at two smoke shops in California.
Native entrepreneur from Canada funded tribal marijuana growsFiled Under: Business | First Nations in Canada | Law | National
Native entrepreneur from Canada funded tribal marijuana grows (July 10, 2015)
Jerry Montour 'financed' the operations at the Alturas Rancheria and the XL Rancheria in California, according to a Bureau of Indian Affairs special agent.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe outlaws smoking in public placesFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe outlaws smoking in public places (May 6, 2015)
Youth are being credited with helping convince tribal leaders to support the Smoke-Free Air Act, which went into effect on May 1.
Brian Pierson: Recent federal court rulings affecting Indian lawFiled Under: Law
Brian Pierson: Recent federal court rulings affecting Indian law (March 10, 2015)
Attorney Brian Pierson reviews some recent federal court decisions involving tribal interests in Nebraska, Washington and New York and beyond.
Supreme Court won't hear Yakama Nation treaty tobacco caseFiled Under: Business | Law
Supreme Court won't hear Yakama Nation treaty tobacco case (March 10, 2015)
The tribe argued that its treaty was interpreted without considering all of the evidence of the facts.
Indian tobacco company rebuffed in another dispute with stateFiled Under: Business | Law
Indian tobacco company rebuffed in another dispute with state (March 2, 2015)
Native Wholesale Supply Company has lost battles with Oklahoma, California and Idaho.
Editorial: Use tribal tax revenues for Oklahoma Indian museumFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: Use tribal tax revenues for Oklahoma Indian museum (February 6, 2015)
Of the $80 million needed to finish the project, $40 million in private funding has been pledged if the state comes up with the remaining $40 million.
John Kane: New York tries to choke tribal tobacco product salesFiled Under: Opinion
John Kane: New York tries to choke tribal tobacco product sales (December 12, 2014)
The Native tobacco industry will not lie down for the Governor, his courts or his cops.
Authorities investigate another blaze on Shinnecock ReservationFiled Under: Law
Authorities investigate another blaze on Shinnecock Reservation (December 10, 2014)
There have been three confirmed cases of arson on the reservation in the past year.
Alaska Native man hopes antismoking message reaches youthFiled Under: Health | National
Alaska Native man hopes antismoking message reaches youth (December 2, 2014)
Michael George Patterson, who is Tlingit, is featured in a media campaigned aimed at American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Oklahoma lawmakers look at ways to finish Indian museumFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Oklahoma lawmakers look at ways to finish Indian museum (November 11, 2014)
A Republican plans to introduce legislation to devote tribal tobacco and tribal gaming revenues to the project.
9th Circuit rejects treaty claims of Indian tobacco manufacturerFiled Under: Business | Law
9th Circuit rejects treaty claims of Indian tobacco manufacturer (September 26, 2014)
Ruling is the latest setback to the King Mountain Tobacco Company, a privately owned enterprise on the reservation.
Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenureFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure (September 26, 2014)
From the Cobell settlement to tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice led a dramatic shift in the federal-Indian relationship.
Shinnecock Nation tightens regulation of tobacco businessesFiled Under: Business | Law
Shinnecock Nation tightens regulation of tobacco businesses (September 22, 2014)
The tribe set up an oversight office and authorized a tax on the sale of tobacco products.
BSPR: Tobacco firm on Yakama Nation fights federal governmentFiled Under: Business | Politics
BSPR: Tobacco firm on Yakama Nation fights federal government (September 8, 2014)
A tobacco company based on the Yakama Nation in Washington was just told to pay $58 million in federal taxes.
Judge tells tobacco firm on Yakama Nation to pay $58M in taxesFiled Under: Business | Law
Judge tells tobacco firm on Yakama Nation to pay $58M in taxes (September 5, 2014)
The King Mountain Tobacco Company cited the Yakama Treaty of 1855 and the General Allotment Act in a bid to gain a tax exemption.
9th Circuit hears case over Yakama Nation tobacco manufacturerFiled Under: Business | Law | National
9th Circuit hears case over Yakama Nation tobacco manufacturer (August 29, 2014)
The King Mountain Tobacco Company is citing the 1855 Yakama Treaty to protect its right to market goods without state interference.
President of Navajo Nation bans smoking in executive buildingsFiled Under: Health | National
President of Navajo Nation bans smoking in executive buildings (August 22, 2014)
The executive order bars commercial tobacco in all interior spaces and within 25 feet of entrances, windows and ventilation systems
Shinnecock Nation asserts control over tobacco amid pressureFiled Under: Business | Law
Shinnecock Nation asserts control over tobacco amid pressure (July 25, 2014)
The state has the highest tax in the nation and has been seizing shipments to tribal shops.
MPR: Cancer hits hardest among American Indians in MinnesotaFiled Under: Health | National
MPR: Cancer hits hardest among American Indians in Minnesota (July 8, 2014)
Minnesota Public Radio reports on the high rates of cancer among American Indians in the state.
Supreme Court won't hear appeal filed by Indian tobacco firmFiled Under: Business | Law
Supreme Court won't hear appeal filed by Indian tobacco firm (June 23, 2014)
Native Wholesale Supply Company was fighting efforts to comply with state laws in Idaho and California.
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe settles dispute over raid of smokeshopFiled Under: Business | Law
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe settles dispute over raid of smokeshop (June 13, 2014)
The tribe was accused of selling untaxed cigarettes.
Oklahoma court affirms $47.7M judgment in tribal tobacco caseFiled Under: Business | Law
Oklahoma court affirms $47.7M judgment in tribal tobacco case (June 11, 2014)
Native Wholesale Supply went bankrupt in 2011 and has a petition pending before the Supreme Court in another case.
Navajo Nation chapter backs ban on smoking in public placesFiled Under: Health
Navajo Nation chapter backs ban on smoking in public places (May 28, 2014)
Community in New Mexico is the first on the reservation to take action.
Indian Times: Weekly recap of news affecting Oklahoma tribesFiled Under: National
Indian Times: Weekly recap of news affecting Oklahoma tribes (May 19, 2014)
Tobacco compact, Indian education, federal nominees and the minimum wage were in the news.
Native Sun News: Court backs Indian inmates over tobacco useFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Court backs Indian inmates over tobacco use (May 5, 2014)
On Friday, April 25, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling of Judge Karen Schreier that the South Dakota Department of Corrections cannot ban tobacco from Native American inmates using it for religious purposes.
8th Circuit sides with Indian inmates in tobacco use lawsuitFiled Under: Law | National
8th Circuit sides with Indian inmates in tobacco use lawsuit (April 28, 2014)
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Indian inmates in a dispute over tobacco use.
Meskwaki Tribe ready to start construction on $6M travel plazaFiled Under: Business
Meskwaki Tribe ready to start construction on $6M travel plaza (April 25, 2014)
The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa plans to open a $6 million travel plaza this fall.
Crushplate: 10 disturbing facts about Indian Country healthFiled Under: Health
Crushplate: 10 disturbing facts about Indian Country health (April 23, 2014)
The Crushplate blog uncovers 10 disturbing facts regarding the health of Native Americans.
Supreme Court takes no action on Indian tobacco petitionFiled Under: Business | Law
Supreme Court takes no action on Indian tobacco petition (April 21, 2014)
The U.S. Supreme Court went back to work this morning with no new activity in an Indian tobacco case.
Onondaga Nation is negotiations over tobacco taxation issueFiled Under: Business | Law
Onondaga Nation is negotiations over tobacco taxation issue (April 17, 2014)
The Onondaga Nation of New York is in negotiations with federal authorities over a tobacco tax issue.
John Kane: New York governor keeps secret tribal tobacco rulesFiled Under: Opinion
John Kane: New York governor keeps secret tribal tobacco rules (April 9, 2014)
John Kane says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) won't disclose its tobacco taxation policy despite requests for information dating back years.
New York sues FedEx for delivering cigarettes from Indian firmsFiled Under: Business | Law
New York sues FedEx for delivering cigarettes from Indian firms (April 1, 2014)
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit against FedEx, accusing the shipping giant of violating state and federal law by delivering cigarettes from smoke shops in Indian Country.
John Kane: Republicans and Democrats go after tribal wealthFiled Under: Opinion
John Kane: Republicans and Democrats go after tribal wealth (March 19, 2014)
John Kane doesn't think Republicans or Democrats have treated tribes in New York kindly, especially when it comes to tobacco.
Comanche Nation accuses Oklahoma of breaking tobacco dealFiled Under: Business | Law
Comanche Nation accuses Oklahoma of breaking tobacco deal (November 20, 2013)
The Comanche Nation,has entered emergency arbitration proceedings with the state of Oklahoma over its tobacco compact.
Editorial: Cherokee Nation reaches improved tobacco compactFiled Under: Business | Opinion
Editorial: Cherokee Nation reaches improved tobacco compact (November 20, 2013)
Newspaper praises Cherokee Nation for agreeing to a new tobacco tax compact with the state of Oklahoma.
Oliver Semans: Destroying our sovereignty through taxationFiled Under: Opinion
Oliver Semans: Destroying our sovereignty through taxation (November 14, 2013)
Oliver Semans, the executive director of Four Directions, discusses attacks on tribal sovereignty through taxation.
Anti-smoking group to collect signatures for Navajo Nation banFiled Under: Health | Politics
Anti-smoking group to collect signatures for Navajo Nation ban (November 5, 2013)
A group called Arizonans Concerned About Smoking will collect signatures to put a smoking ban on the Navajo Nation ballot in 2014.
No new Indian law cases on Supreme Court's docket for nowFiled Under: Law
No new Indian law cases on Supreme Court's docket for now (October 7, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court opened its new term today with a long order list that didn't include any new Indian law cases.
Negotiations continue on  Oklahoma tribal tobacco compactsFiled Under: Business | Business | Law | Law
Negotiations continue on Oklahoma tribal tobacco compacts (October 1, 2013)
So far this year, 11 tribes have reached new tobacco compacts with the state of Oklahoma and negotiations continue for other potential agreements.
CDC sees big jump in use of  electronic cigarettes    among teensFiled Under: Health
CDC sees big jump in use of electronic cigarettes among teens (September 6, 2013)
The use of electronic cigarettes among teens doubled from 2011 to 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Opinion: Tax-hungry states going after tribal tobacco marketFiled Under: Opinion
Opinion: Tax-hungry states going after tribal tobacco market (August 23, 2013)
Writer discusses efforts by states, like New York, to impose taxes on tobacco sales in Indian Country:
Cherokee Nation negotiates new tobacco taxation compactFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Cherokee Nation negotiates new tobacco taxation compact (July 23, 2013)
The Cherokee Nation is negotiating a new tobacco tax compact with the state of Oklahoma.
Narragansett Tribe observes 10th anniversary of  state's raidFiled Under: National
Narragansett Tribe observes 10th anniversary of state's raid (July 15, 2013)
The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island held a ceremony this Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the state's raid of the reservation.
Narragansett  Tribe to observe  10th anniversary of state's raidFiled Under: Law | National
Narragansett Tribe to observe 10th anniversary of state's raid (July 11, 2013)
The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island will hold a remembrance ceremony this Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the state's raid of the reservation.
Oklahoma governor seeks a single tobacco tax rate for tribesFiled Under: Business | National | Politics
Oklahoma governor seeks a single tobacco tax rate for tribes (July 3, 2013)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is seeking to establish a single tax rate for tobacco sales in Indian Country.
Seneca Nation business wins appeal  for PACT Act injunctionFiled Under: Business | Law
Seneca Nation business wins appeal for PACT Act injunction (July 2, 2013)
A Seneca Nation business owner won't have to comply with tax provisions of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in his favor.

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