Tribes urge 7th Circ. To find land sales, don’t neglect the tax break

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By Paul Williams (September 27, 2021, 8:27 p.m. EDT) – Four Chippewa tribes claimed in the Seventh Circuit that a federal judge misinterpreted a treaty and common law by concluding that reserve land could be subject to property taxes by Wisconsin once the land is sold to non-Indians.

The Lac Courte Ears Band of the Chippewa Indians of Lake Superior Wisconsin and three other federally recognized tribes argued in a response brief that the La Pointe Treaty of 1854 protected tribal lands from state taxation, whether or not these lands were continuously held by Amerindians. The tribes said because they were told during the negotiation of the treaty that no one …

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