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Study shows tribe not receiving benefits from state

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has lost out on nearly $81 million in state services since 1979 due to the state's taxation system, according to a new study.

The tribe hired a consulting firm to compare the amount of revenue the reservation generates for the state compared to the amount of services the state provides. The study showed that, on average, the reservation generated $3.5 million more per year from 1979 to 2002 than the tribe received in services.

The state is able to impose taxes on non-Indian oil and gas companies that drill on the reservation. But none of these revenues go to the tribe.

The tribe wants Gov. Dave Freudenthal (R) to back legislation that would return some, if not all, of the tax to the tribe.

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Tribe offers governor trade-off (The Casper Star-Tribune 10/20)

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