S.D. court takes on tribal gas tax case again
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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2003

The South Dakota Supreme Court this month will try to figure out how much tribal members are owed for illegally paying gasoline tax to the state.

The court has already ruled that a refund is due. But the state argues that refunds are due only for recent purchases. The owners of a gas station on the Pine Ridge Reservation asked for a $940,000 refund.

In an amicus brief, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe say the court shouldn't change its original ruling. The Oglala Sioux Tribe has voted to impose a tribal tax, Indian Country Today reported.

The case is Pourier v. South Dakota.

Get the Story:
Arguments filed in fuel-refund case (AP 5/5)
Oglala Sioux Tribe imposes fuel tax (Indian Country Today 5/2)

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

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