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Associated Press, Published July 12 2009

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe considers reservation sales tax

BISMARCK – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe could be the first tribe in North Dakota to collect a general sales tax.

Voters who live on the North Dakota side of the reservation will decide in Wednesday’s primary election whether they want a 5 percent sales tax that would be used to provide tribal services. The Standing Rock reservation straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

The vote would be advisory in nature and give the tribal council the green light to negotiate a tax collection agreement with the North Dakota Tax Department.

The department collects and administers tobacco and fuel taxes on Standing Rock.

Director of Tax Administration Myles Vosberg said he couldn’t estimate how much revenue the sales tax might provide for Standing Rock.

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