Tribal tax proposals set framework for long-standing deals
Yesterday, we reported on MHA nation, the executive and legislative branches all coming together to reach, in principle, a new deal on how they share oil tax revenue.
Today the Senate Finance and Tax Committee heard two other bills that would make it easier for the state to get into these agreements.
Decades of tension between the state and the tribes over revenue sharing agreements seems to be shifting to an era of cooperation.
Senate Bills 2257 and 2258 would let the tax department collect taxes on behalf of the tribes for alcohol, tobacco and sales and use tax.
The bills also allow the governor to enter into agreements, without getting legislative approval.
MHA Chairman Mark Fox says these agreements will help them funding programs in need on the reservation.
"You know it's going to make a significant impact to our nation. It's going to be historical. The first time we've had a joint taxation system. Now, revenues are coming back to the tribe to do these programs," said Fox.
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Spirit Lake Nation testified in support of the bill, but wanted amendments that wouldn't force the tribes into agreements on all subject taxes like cigarette and alcohol.