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Judge issues partial ruling on cigarette tax

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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.

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