Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Tuesday, February 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 26° Cloudy
News >  Pacific NW

Appeals court rules Yakama Nation can’t sue over tobacco tax

A federal appeals court says the Yakama Indian Nation can’t sue to block collection of a federal tax on tobacco products made by a company on the reservation.

The decision was issued Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appeals court vacated a lower court’s decision for lack of jurisdiction and remanded the case back to the U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington for dismissal.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review whether the tribe’s treaty rights should exempt a tribal member’s cigarette business from paying state tobacco fees.

King Mountain grows tobacco and manufactures cigarettes on the tribe’s reservation south of Yakima in south-central Washington.

Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter

Get the day’s top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter

There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email

You have been successfully subscribed!