Home » News
Filter by category:

Supreme Court Rules Yakama Nation Exempt from Paying Fuel Taxes

 

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that fuel taxes are not owed by a business owner of the Yakama Native American Tribe that is located in Washington state. Justice Neil Gorsuch voted along with the four more liberal justices in favor of tribal treaty rights in a case between the Washington Department of Licensing and the Cougar Den gas station in White Swan on the Yakama Reservation.

The legal case that began in 2013 ended with the determination that the Cougar Den business owner did not owe the state more than three million dollars in fuel taxes. Specifically, an 1855 treaty between the Yakamas and the U.S. exempted the tribe from paying state fuel taxes, even for fuel imported from elsewhere to be sold on the reservation. The case was founded on gas that the Cougar Den brought in from Oregon. The case was based on the interpretation of a “right to travel” clause in the Yakama Treaty of 1855, and the justices interpreted the clause to mean Cougar Den is free to move its fuel in and out of the reservation.

Tax Federal







RINAlliance HEALTHAlliance EMC Insurance Unified Contracting Services Renewable Energy Group AssuredPartners Seneca Companies Altria Cylinder Express PMMIC Insurance Jet Gas HTP Energy Westmor Industries Rainbo Oil Company Otter Creek Country Stores, Inc Sinclair Flint Hills GROWMARK Energy Molo Petroleum MAST ATM Midwest Petroleum Equipment Seneca Tank Phillips 66 Community Oil Company Elliott Oil Company Wellmark Reif Oil Central Bank Valero Cenex McDermott Oil Co McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith PC BP Federated Insurance Olsen Fuel Supply Atlas Mulgrew Oil WorldPay Core-Mark Delta Dental
PMCI Facebook PMCI Twitter PMCI LinkedIn
Home   |    About FUELIowa   |    Site Map   |    Privacy   |    Contact Us   |    ©2019 FUELIowa, All Rights Reserved
10430 New York Ave., Suite F, Urbandale, IA 50322-3773   |    P. 515.224.7545   |    F. 515.224.0502
Home
About FUELIowa
Site Map
Privacy
Contact Us
10430 New York Ave., Suite F, Urbandale, IA 50322-3773
P. 515.224.7545
F. 515.224.0502
©2019 FUELIowa, All Rights Reserved