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Tribes, Shawnee officials meet about sales tax

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 25, 2014

SHAWNEE — Representatives of four tribes have met with city of Shawnee officials — but reached no agreement on the city’s request for sales taxes.

A local business newspaper reports that the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kickapoo Tribe, and Sac and Fox Nation met with officials that included Mayor Wes Mainord and City Manager Brian McDougal.

The city wants the tribes to collect sales taxes from non-tribal members at tribal businesses in the city and pay that amount to the city.

The Citizen Potawatomi’s Firelake Discount Foods is the only tribal retail business in Shawnee and the tribe says the store is not within the city limits

Tribal Chairman John Barrett says the land is in federal trust and not subject to the city’s governmental authority.


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