Way Back Wednesday: CPN and the OTC go to the U.S. Supreme Court

In the wake of last week’s decision by an arbitrator against the State of Oklahoma‘s attempts to collect state and local sales taxes on non-tribal members purchasing goods and services on tribal trust land, this Way Back Wednesday seemed like an excellent opportunity to show how the Citizen Potawatomi Nation has been down this road Read More »

The illegal annexation of tribal land by the City of Shawnee

Editor’s note: On July 7, the Shawnee City Commission voted to move forward with a resolution that would amend the City’s Charter regarding de-annexation applications by property owners. The move was supported by a small majority on the Commission including Mayor Wes Mainord and Vice-Mayor James Harrod and was initiated by City Commissioner Keith Hall Read More »

City of Shawnee campaign continues despite meeting with tribes

At its latest meeting on April 7, the Shawnee City Commission voted to authorize the City Manager and City Attorney to request formal mediation with other parties regarding sales tax collection. Despite concerns from two city commissioners about the high costs of retaining an out-of-state law firm to perform duties as Agents of the Oklahoma Read More »

Chairman Barrett speaks on the City of Shawnee sales tax demands

Bozho Nikan, (Hello, my friend)Tribes and City government disputes seldom make headlines. Most recently, and unfortunately, they have. The sales tax controversy in which the City of Shawnee is attempting to tax the four tribes near town, particularly the retail operations at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is heating up. What people may be missing is Read More »