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Idaho high court backs state regulation over Native Wholesale Supply cigs

The Idaho Supreme Court ruled today that company on a New York Indian reservation shipping Canadian cigarettes to a retailer on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation isn't exempt from state law due to tribal sovereignty. Native Wholesale Supply, a supplier on New York's Seneca Reservation, argued that Idaho had no business interfering with shipments of more than 100 million Canadian cigarettes since 2004 to Warpath Inc., the Coeur d'Alene reservation business, the AP reports. States are forbidden by federal law from meddling in activities of a tribal member or a member's business operating within Indian Country, Native Wholesale Supply contended. But Idaho justices concluded such sovereignty claims weren't applicable in this case.

Not only was Native Wholesale Supply a corporation not entitled to protections otherwise afforded individual tribal members, the high court concluded unanimously, but the nature of its transaction with Warpath involving two countries, multiple tribes and at least three states was sufficient to transform the cigarette shipments into an off-reservation activity that Idaho had every business regulating. Click below for a full report via the Associated Press.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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