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Oklahoma governor seeks to crack down on tribes

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry (D) laid out a series of proposals on Monday that would give the state more enforcement authority over the sale of tobacco at tribal retailers.

Henry said the measures are needed because some tribal retailers are putting the wrong tax stamp on cigarettes. This has led to a drop in state revenue, he said.

Henry needs to work with tribes rather than seek more enforcement, a spokesperson for the Osage Nation said. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith said his tribe wants a long-term solution to the issue.

Get the Story:
Henry seeks tighter tax enforcement (The Oklahoman 12/13)
Oklahoma governor threatens tribal smoke shops with �enhanced enforcement� (The Native American Times 12/12)

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