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Settlement agreement signed resolving coal severance tax litigation

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Members of crow nation have visions of a gaming resort, a bottled water program, and a local financial institution and all are coming in part thanks to a settlement reached October 20th, between the tribe and the state of Montana.

Governor Steve Bullock, and Attorney General Tim Fox joined with Crow Nation Chairman Darrin Old Coyote to sign an agreement that will move $15 million from the state to the tribe. This move settles a case first filed in federal court in the 1970s. The subject of that case? Tax dollars collected by the state on coal extracted from the reservation.

Old Coyote tells KULR-8 this is another step forward for crow nation. “We're looking to better the economy of the Crow people by diversifying and this will help us do that.”

Now that this decades old case is settled, Governor Bullock tells us the state will work harder to ensure taxes and revenue collected will be properly allocated back to state tribes.

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