BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho Supreme Court is considering whether Native America retailers that sell cigarettes to other Native American retailers must obtain Idaho state tax stamps.
The high court was expected to hear arguments in the case Monday morning.
The case centers on cigarette sales between Native Wholesale Supply Co., which operates on the Seneca Reservation in New York, and Warpath Inc., which operates on the Coeur d’Alene reservation.
Attorneys for the state contend that Native Wholesale Supply was selling the tobacco illegally because it didn’t obtain a tax stamp. But attorneys for Native Wholesale Supply say Idaho doesn’t have jurisdiction over business transactions between Native American companies on reservation lands.