The Norman Transcript

February 26, 2014

Tribes, city of Shawnee in dispute over sales tax

Associated Press
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY —  A meeting has been scheduled next month between city of Shawnee officials and leaders of several local Native American tribes over a dispute over sales tax.

Shawnee Mayor Wes Mainord said in a letter to leaders of four tribes earlier this month that the tribes must start collecting and paying 3 percent sales tax on sales from tribal enterprises to non-tribal members.

Shawnee City Manager Brian McDougal says sales tax in the city has grown less than 3 percent over the past decade.

But Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John Barrett says federal law exempts the tribe from the municipal sales tax. The other tribes involved are the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe, the Kickapoo Tribe and the Sac and Fox Nation.

The meeting is scheduled for March 24.