Oglala Sioux Tribe signs tax agreement with state
Tuesday, December 9, 2003

The Oglala Sioux Tribe and South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) on Monday signed an agreement over the sale of motor fuel.

The tribe will receive 96 percent of the gas taxes sold on the reservation. According to The Rapid City Journal, the tribe's share will amount to about $905,000 annually. The state's share of 4 percent is estimated at $37,700.

Since at least the 1930s, the state has been imposing an illegal tax on tribal members who buy gas on the reservation. The state has been ordered to refund the money but is contesting how far back it should pay. The case is before the state Supreme Court.

Get the Story:
OST signs agreement with state on fuel tax (The Rapid City Journal 12/9)

Relevant Documents:
Decision: Pourier v. S.D. | Case Information: Pourier v. S.D. (South Dakota Supreme Court)

Relevant Links:
Oglala Sioux Tribe -

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