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Two Washington tribes reach deal on state gas tax

Two Washington tribes have reached an agreement to collect a state gas tax in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on the subject.

The Swinomish Tribe and the Squaxin Island Tribe had won a court decision that would have barred the collection of the tax. But the decision from the high court, in a case involving a Kansas tribe, changed the landscape.

The tribes will continue to collect the state tax but will be refunded a portion of the money.

Get the Story:
Gregoire, two tribes reach gas tax agreement (AP 1/27)

Wagnon v. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation:
Syllabus | Opinion [Thomas] | Dissent [Ginsburg]

Supreme Court Documents:
Day Call | Docket Sheet | Questions Presented

Court Briefs:
Richard v. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (NCAI-NARF Supreme Court Project)

Lower Court Decision:
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation v. Richards (10th Circuit August 2004)

Relevant Links:
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation -
NARF-NCAI Tribal Supreme Court Project -

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Washington to use gas tax decision against tribes (12/7)
Supreme Court upholds state tax on reservation fuel (12/07)