- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Officials with northeast Kansas American Indian tribes have had preliminary discussions with Gov. Sam Brownback on gaining more control over revenue and spending on their lands.

A previous compact with the state allowed tribes to collect some state taxes on products sold on their lands and keep some of the revenue for their programs.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1zsvxvW ) Steve Cadue, former chairman of the Kickapoo Nation, says Brownback expressed support for the idea last year but that was before the state was facing multi-million dollar budget deficits.

Brownback’s spokeswoman, Eileen Hawley, say the governor has informally discussed a variety of issues, including taxes, with the four Kansas tribes but the talks are in the early stages and it’s unlikely a compact will be part of this year’s budget.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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