Ottawa sings a tobacco agreement with Oklahoma

Published on September 24th, 2013 00:00

Native American Times reported that Oklahoma has achieved an agreement with state for a tobacco compact. Ethel Cook from Ottawa with Mary Fallion from Oklahoma signed a tobacco treaty on September 12.

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Starting with October 1 the tax rate on tobacco purchases will rise from 60 cents per package that was evaluative under the outgoing agreement. From October 1 till December 31, 2015, the Ottawa Tribe will receive 95% of tax revenue from tobacco production sold in tobacco stores. The tribe's decreases to 90% on January 1, 2016 and is growing every year on New Year Day until the state and tribe receive the same dose starting on January 1, 2013. The new agreement will outflow on December 31, 2023, that's why the date of the year 20123 was mentions in previous sentence.

The Ottawa is the first among the tribes near the Missouri and the second one that lose its border rate for a new agreement, mentioned a report. Beside the expiring treaty, lower tax were available for tobacco shops within 25 miles of Oklahoma neighbor and borders with Kansas and Arkansas. Previously Arkansas had lower tobacco tax than Oklahoma smoke shops.

The tax on a package of cigarettes in Missouri today is 17 cents, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue. The same to other companies, Ottawa agreement includes supplies necessitate the tribe to lose all of its tobacco incomes to the state, after that waiting 30 days or more for a discount from the Oklahoma tax commission.

Tobacco accordance for all of Oklahoma's recognized tribes go outdated on June 30, with all this many receive an extension. Among the tribes exists working under a 90-day compact extension are: Tonkawa Tribe, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Seminole Nation, Quapaw Tribe, Pawnee Nation, Ponca Nation, Comanche Nation, Osage Nation, Cherokee Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Choctaw Nation and the last one Chickasaw Nation.

Those amended accord give tribes and to Oklahoma still September 30 to go for a new compact, mentioned newspapers. The tribes that signed agreements this year include the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Otoe-Missouri Tribe, Apache Tribe, Kickapoo Tribe and Fort Still Apache Tribe. Other eight of Oklahoma's tribes don't have a tobacco agreement with state.