Seneca versus the state of Michigan: Tax hungry Michigan settles tobacco agreements with 10 of Michigan’s 12 Native American tribes – but two Upper Peninsula tribes says its government creep into tribal business and [Keweenaw Bay Indian Community] KBIC tells Michigan to back off
U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: KBIC tells state of Michigan to stop committing federal crimes against Native Americans in ongoing dispute over cigarette taxes
Reacting to the threat of possible criminal charges and claiming its being coerced by the state, the tribe recently filed a 20-count, 60-page federal tribal rights lawsuit against four state officials in charge of enforcing and collecting taxes for cigarette sales and more.
The May 20 suit stems from large cigarette seizures by state police including in February and December 2015.