Afropop
2:46 pm
Tue March 2, 2010

Sovereignty Attack in the U.S. Senate

A proposed Senate bill may change existing standards around taxation of tobacco on Native lands.

The Jenkins Act requires anyone who sells cigarettes in any state to report those sales to each state monthly and presumably to pay taxes on those sales. But Indian tribes have been able to claim an exemption from this law because of their status as sovereign nations.

A bill is on hold in the U.S. Senate that would give states the power to enforce federal law on Indian reservations under the Jenkins Act. Is this a direct attack on tribal sovereignty? Will tribes be consulted on this bill?

Invited guests include Lance Morgan (Winnebago) President & CEO/Ho Chunk, Inc.