Winnebago Tribe may be headed for tax battle
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FEBRUARY 6, 2001

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, praised for its economic development interests which range from convenience stores to web sites, may be headed for a battle over the taxation of gasoline in Nebraska and Iowa.

The Attorney Generals for the two states are reviewing the tribe's taxation structure to see if it satisfies their concerns. In Nebraska, the tribe recently instituted a flat 3-cent tax on motor fuel, citing compliance with a Nebraska AG opinion and federal Indian policy.

Previously, Indian and non-Indian customers were subjected to different taxation rates. In Iowa, the tribe attempted to negotiate with the state on the issue but gave up last year and stopped charging state taxes altogether.

Gas station owners meanwhile complain the tribe has an unfair advantage. But Lance Morgan, CEO of the Ho-Chunk Inc, the tribe's economic development corporation, says they are well within their rights and are just lowering their prices in the spirit of competition.

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