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WE Tribe, Mahnomen County should try to be neighbors again

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The White Earth Band of Chippewa and Mahnomen County, which lies entirely within its borders, haven't been acting very neighborly lately.

Not only has the tribe quit paying property taxes on its Shooting Star Casino and Event Center in the City of Mahnomen -- it is seeking a refund for property taxes paid since 1992.

If the tribe wins, local government in Mahnomen County will have to pay it nearly $10 million, plus whatever interest is set by the court.

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