I have a ton of good liberal and conservative friends who like me believe all of the stereotypes of Native Americans…this one being that Indians pay NO taxes…Not intending to call anyone out…it is just what Americas school system and news media teach us. Its hard to question those who taught us…those whose job it is to report. While this is from the Associated Press I wonder how many mainstream newspapers ran the story? I read this on REZNET.
IRS SELLS TRIBES LAND TO SETTLE DEBT
by Chet Brokaw
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday auctioned off a large swath of land owned by an impoverished Indian tribe to help pay off more than $3 million in back taxes, penalties and interest — a sale the tribe says is illegal under federal laws protecting Indian land.
The 7,100 acres, or 11 square miles, of Crow Creek Sioux tribal land in central South Dakota ranch sold for almost $2.6 million, less than the $4.6 million it was appraised at, said IRS spokeswoman Carrie Resch. She did not say who bought the land.
The tribe filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District court in Pierre seeking to block the sale. Judge Roberto A. Lange declined their request but promised to schedule a trial to hear the tribe’s arguments.
The land in question was part of the tribe’s original reservation established in an 1868 treaty, and was held by the federal government in a trust for the tribe. But it was eventually allotted to individual tribal members, who then sold it to non-Indians, putting it outside the tribe’s legal jurisdiction.
The tribe bought the ranch back in 1998 but the Bureau of Indian Affairs did not put the land back into trust, which would have protected it from seizure, Tribal Secretary Tommy Thompson said.
‘Our Land is Never for Sale’
Tribal Chairman Brandon Sazue said he hopes the tax dispute can still be resolved in a way that allows the tribe to keep the land.
“It’s very disgraceful, very shameful. It’s devastating to us,” Sazue said after the auction. “Our land is never for sale.”
Lawyers said the tribe can purchase the land back during a 180-day redemption period, and the land will not change possession during that time. A trial is tentatively set for March 29-30, which is within the redemption period.
According to the lawsuit, the IRS was auctioning the land to recover more than $3.1 million in federal employment taxes owed by the tribe. The tribe didn’t pay the taxes because it was told, erroneously, by an official connected to the BIA that federally recognized tribes do not have to pay the taxes, according to the lawsuit.
The auction was unnecessary because the tribe is seeking a loan to pay off its tax bill, the lawsuit said.
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Funny (not as in ha ha) that certain banking firms can cause the taxpayers billions with their illegal and immoral activities and the government jumps to print more money to help them out…hmmmmm.
The Crow Creek Band of Sioux are asking for your prayers and blessings in this matter read more here.
Just for the sake of comparison here is a Youtube video of the poverty on the Crow Creek Band of Sioux reservation,
Here is the Chicago house of J.P.Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon who received 25 BILLION in TARP money from taxpayers.
In 2009 he put this house on the market for 13.5 million dollars…
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Now just to be fair I have no idea if Mr. Dimon is the one who purchased the ranch and is planning to gift it back to the Crow Creek Band of Indians! Oh wouldn’t that be wonderful!!!