YAKIMA, Wash. - A federal judge has rejected several arguments made by the Yakama Nation as the tribe seeks to block Washington state from taxing cigarette sales at tribal smoke shops.
The ruling by a U.S. District Judge left open two issues still to be resolved in a lawsuit brought by the Yakama tribe and some tribal business owners.
The two sides are expected to update the court on their positions by Feb. 4. Washington state terminated a cigarette tax agreement with the tribe in July 2008, claiming widespread sales of untaxed cigarettes to nontribal members.
The Yakamas argue that they should not be required to have a cigarette tax agreement with the state. Washington state currently has 22 cigarette tax compacts with Indian tribes.