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Do Indian people pay taxes?
Individual American Indians and Alaska Natives and their businesses pay federal income tax just like every other American. The one exception is when an Indian person receives income directly from a treaty or trust resource such as fish or timber, that income it not federally taxed. States also cannot tax tribal members who live and derive their income on tribal lands.
$90 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Bolster Water Services in Indian Country and Create Jobs
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Indian Health Service (IHS) today announced $90 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improved access to vital drinking water and wastewater services in the American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The funds will be invested in ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects designed to better protect human and environmental health in Indian Country and to create jobs.
$8 Million In Financial Assistance Awards For Native Communities
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Washington, DC - As part of an effort to highlight the local impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) investments, Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund Director Donna J. Gambrell will travel to Kyle, South Dakota to announce $8 million in financial assistance awards for Native CDFIs committed to serving economically distressed Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities across the nation.
American Indian Tribes Possess a "Nation-within-a-Nation" Status
The U.S. Constitution recognizes Indian tribes as distinct governments. It authorizes Congress to regulate commerce with "foreign nations, among the several state, and with the Indian tribes.
While the U.S. government recognizes American Indian Tribes as sovereign nations, the U.S. congress is recognized by the courts as having the right to limit the sovereign powers of tribes. However, Congress must do so in definite terms and not by implication.
What Does This Mean?
- Tribes remain sovereign nations and possess self-government.
- Tribes have a nation-to-nation relationship with the U.S. federal government.
- Only Congres has plenary (overriding) power over Indian affairs.
- State governance is generally not permitted within reservations.
What we won't do is attempt genocide, fail, take their resources, stick them in camps, and then tell them "okay guys, this capitalism...sink or swim!"