Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Peoria Tribe to Vote on Issuance of Tags

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Peoria Tribe to Vote on Issuance of Tags

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MIAMI, Okla. (AP) -- The Peoria Tribe may soon join the growing number of tribes that offer members license plates for their cars.

A vote on the matter is scheduled Saturday during a general council meeting at Peoria tribal headquarters.

"We'd looked into issuing tags a couple years ago and decided against it," said Ron Stand, tribal programs director. "Some things have changed since then." The issuance of license plates by tribes has grown steadily in Oklahoma since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1993 that the Oklahoma Tax Commission could not require Sac and Fox Nation members to register with the state. The court said the commission didn't have jurisdiction. Michelle Thompson, a commission spokeswoman, said the state hasn't noticed a decrease in revenue because the state population has increased. "That's not saying we won't in the future if it gets more widespread," she said. Oklahoma collected more than $268 million for the 12 months ending June 30. …

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