State, Sisseton-Whapeton settle tax issues 8-07

Pierrre, South Dakota (AP) - South Dakota officials and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian tribe have reached a tentative agreement over tribal collection of state taxes on tobacco and gasoline.

The state had threatened to suspend tribal alcohol licenses until back taxes were paid at the tribe’s casinos in Sisseton and Watertown and a tribal convenience store in Agency Village.

Formal approval of the tax agreement is expected within a week.

Tribal attorney Lisa Losano would not comment on details of the agreement, which needs to be approved by both Gov. Mike Rounds and Michael Selvage Jr., the tribal chairman.

Information from: Watertown Public Opinion,