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Narragansett Tribe delays smoke shop reopening

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island will delay the reopening of its smoke shop pending resolution of legal issues.

The tribe says it can sell tax-free tobacco products to Native Americans. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals said the tribe has a right to do so and also suggested the tribe negotiate a compact with the state.

The state disagrees with the ruling and plans to appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court. The tribe agreed to hold off on its plans until the case is resolved.

Get the Story:
Tribe postpones reopening shop (The Providence Journal 5/24)
Tribe Agrees To Hold Off On Reopening Smoke Shop (Turn to 10 News 5/24)

Court Ruling:
Narragansett Tribe v. Rhode Island (May 12, 2005)

More on the Raid:
Video | Text: Gov. Carcieri's July 14 Press Conference | Text: Gov. Carcieri's July 15 Statement | Text: Excerpts of Narragansett Chief Sachem July 14 Press Conference

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

Relevant Links:
Narragansett Tribe -
Smoke Shop Showdown -

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