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Mon April 30, 2012
Tribe says it shouldn't be taxed by the state or county
The Northern Arapaho Tribe is pressing its
legal claim that tribal members shouldn't be subject to taxation by
the state of Wyoming or Fremont County on lands around Riverton.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is set to hear an
appeal from the Northern Arapaho next week. The tribe is appealing
a 2009 ruling by Judge Clarence Brimmer of Cheyenne that dismissed
its legal challenge.
Brimmer ruled the Northern Arapaho Tribe's lawsuit couldn't
proceed without the involvement of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and
the federal government. Neither the Shoshone Tribe nor the federal
government agreed to participate in the lawsuit.
The Northern Arapaho and the Eastern Shoshone share the Wind
River Indian Reservation. Congress in the early 20th century opened
lands around Riverton to settlement by non-tribal members.