Creek Nation sues Oklahoma over cigarette taxes

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation filed a federal law suit against the Oklahoma governor, attorney general, and other officials claiming that they helped violate federal laws by interfering with the tribe’s tobacco sales.

A change made to the state’s tax code interferes with the tribe’s ability to buy and ship cigarettes made by other tribes’ tobacco manufacturers, the Nation states. It’s asking the court to rule that the state cannot enforce the tax code.

The suit also asks the court to declare that state Master Settlement Agreement regulations and related statutes have no force on Indian lands — a request that, if granted, could result in major changes in all states ability to regulate tobacco on tribal lands.

The Creek Nation is one of the few tribes in the state that has yet to sign a tobacco agreement, or compact, with the state. Its last compact expired in 2005.

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