Since trust status lands are in federal care, they are exempt from taxes for one. Two, the Federal Government, namely Congress is the only governing body that has the authority to deal with tribes. It's in the Constitution Article One, Section 8 "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian Tribes". This authority has been vested in Congress by case law upheld by the Supreme Court. So my question "Gimmeabreak" is why would the tribe deal with state or local officials, when those local governments have zero jurisdiction in this issue.
As for the comment by jr2jr2000, what racist comments? This article contains the specific words and phrases" "The county cannot go into that sovereign nation to apprehend the drunken Indians," he said. "So the jails are full of Indians (sic) which cost us tax dollars. One jail in particular (Havre?) had a count of 58." Do you have that? Do you have SPECIFICS? Or is this another case of lashing out and claiming reverse discrimination because a racist got caught being a racist?
As for the water compact itself, perhaps a deeper understanding of sovereignty, treaty rights RETAINED, and state and local government interaction in a federal treaty is in order.
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