Washington Law Review


Despite congressional efforts to promote tribal self-determination and self-governance, the Supreme Court continues to give effect to disastrous assimilative policies of the past. A particularly far-reaching case, County of Yakima v. Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Indian Nation, upheld state property taxation of tribal land within an Indian reservation. The decision neglects tribal sovereignty and contradicts federal policy. After Yakima Indian Nation, tribalism is in serious jeopardy once again. This Note examines Yakima Indian Nation and concludes that Congress must intervene to protect tribes from state property taxes to preserve tribal land and sovereignty.

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