Calif. Tribal Co. urges judges to overturn 9th Circ. Tax decision

By Andrew Westney (January 21, 2022, 8:21 PM EST) – A Big Sandy Rancheria Band of West Mono Indians has urged the United States Supreme Court to accept its bid to challenge California’s tax on intertribal cigarette sales, asserting that the company has the status of a federally recognized tribe and Congress allows tribes to sue for taxes preempted by federal laws.

A tribal society has asked the United States Supreme Court to hear its challenge to California’s tax on intertribal cigarette sales. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Big Sandy Rancheria Enterprises is seeking to overturn the Ninth Circuit’s June ruling that the company, which sells tobacco products as a…

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