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U.S. Supreme Court to Seminole Tribe: Pay your utility tax

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The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively decided that the Seminole Tribe of Florida has to pay its utility tax—just like everybody else. The court on Monday, without comment, decided not to consider an appeal of a case in which the tribe contested having to pay tax on its electric and other utility bills. That lets stand an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the tribe. The Seminoles said having to pay such tax violated their tribal sovereignty. The…

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Adoption advocates ‘disappointed’ with new Indian Child Welfare Act guidelines

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A statewide adoption advocacy group says they are disappointed with a new set of expanded federal guidelines for the Indian Child Welfare Act. The Florida Adoption Council is the state’s largest nonprofit association of adoption attorneys, law professors, adoption agencies, and social workers. On Thursday, they released a statement expressing “grave concerns” over amended guidelines of the ICWA from the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Established in 1978, ICWA is a federal law to protect Native American…

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