HEARTH Act

Asst. Secretary Washburn cites federal pre-emption regarding taxes on Indian land – Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Asst. Secretary Washburn cites federal pre-emption regarding taxes on Indian land – Citizen Potawatomi Nation

SHAWNEE, Okla. – A letter to Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairman John Barrett, from Deputy Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, reaffirmed the federal government’s position that businesses operating on tribal trust land are exempt from state and local taxes. “In light of the President’s and Congress’ goal of stimulating economic development on Indian reservations, […]

HEARTH Act Regulations, Federal Preemption of State & Local Taxes, and the Seminole Case

HEARTH Act Regulations, Federal Preemption of State & Local Taxes, and the Seminole Case

This week, the Department of the Interior published notice in the Federal Register that it has approved HEARTH Act Regulations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Federal Register Notice is here. In the notice, the Assistant Secretary explained that tribal leasing regulations adopted under the HEARTH Act will preempt state and local taxation in […]

Tribal Project To Proceed; Harrod Scolds Newspaper

Tribal Project To Proceed; Harrod Scolds Newspaper

A section of Kimberly Street in Shawnee will be closed to allow the Sac and Fox Nation Housing Authority to move forward on construction plans for additional affordable homes in the area. The tribe’s housing authority requested an ordinance be approved by city commissioners at a July 20 meeting but Vice Mayor James Harrod instead […]

HEARTH Act Approval of Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

HEARTH Act Approval of Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

On January 22, 2015, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Cowlitz Indian Tribe leasing regulations under the HEARTH Act. With this approval, the Tribe is authorized to enter into the following type of leases without BIA approval: Business leases. The Federal Register Notice was published June 25, 2015. Also on February 13, 2013, […]

The HEARTH Act Two Years On…

The HEARTH Act Two Years On…

It is now more than two years since President Obama signed the HEARTH act [1], which was intended to stream line the process of purchasing property on tribal lands and give greater tribal control over tribal assets. This ground breaking act was intended to give more autonomy to communities within Indian country, and make it […]