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    American Indian land sold off by IRS to pay off taxes

    US tax officials have sold off thousands of acres of an impoverished Indian reservation in what the tribe claims is a "shameful" and unprecedented breach of laws protecting Native Americans.

    By Tom Leonard in New York
    Published: 6:54PM GMT 04 Dec 2009


    The 7,112 acres - or 11 square miles - of Crow Creek Sioux ancestral land in central South Dakota was auctioned off on Thursday by the US Internal Revenue Service to help pay off more than $3.1 million (£1.9 million) in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest.

    The land, part of the tribe's original reservation established in an 1868 treaty, was originally held by the federal government in a trust for the tribe.

    However, it was later divided up between individual tribal members, some of whom sold it to non-Indians, putting it outside the tribe's legal jurisdiction.

    The tribe bought it back in 1998 but claims the US Bureau of Indian Affairs failed to put the land back into trust, which would have protected it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    American Indian land sold off by IRS to pay off taxes

    US tax officials have sold off thousands of acres of an impoverished Indian reservation in what the tribe claims is a "shameful" and unprecedented breach of laws protecting Native Americans.

    By Tom Leonard in New York
    Published: 6:54PM GMT 04 Dec 2009


    The 7,112 acres - or 11 square miles - of Crow Creek Sioux ancestral land in central South Dakota was auctioned off on Thursday by the US Internal Revenue Service to help pay off more than $3.1 million (£1.9 million) in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest.

    The land, part of the tribe's original reservation established in an 1868 treaty, was originally held by the federal government in a trust for the tribe.

    However, it was later divided up between individual tribal members, some of whom sold it to non-Indians, putting it outside the tribe's legal jurisdiction.

    The tribe bought it back in 1998 but claims the US Bureau of Indian Affairs failed to put the land back into trust, which would have protected it.

    MORE- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...off-taxes.html
    They will likely get it back. The problem comes from not paying withholding on pay roll taxes on business owned by the tribe.

    The Gov needs that money for Afghanistan, ummmhmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creeping panther View Post
    They will likely get it back. The problem comes from not paying withholding on pay roll taxes on business owned by the tribe.
    Tribal owned businesses on tribal lands need to collect withholding?? wtf!!

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