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Treasury spells out rules on taxing of tribes

In this Dec. 2, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama, Hartford "Sonny" Black Eagle Jr. and Mary Black Eagle, center, bows their heads in prayer during the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Interior Department in Washington. Tribal officials say 78-year-old Hartford "Sonny" Black Eagle Jr. died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at his home in Lodge Grass on the tribe's reservation in the southeastern part of the state. Black Eagle and his family adopted Obama during a traditional ceremony involving the candidate in the weeks leading up to Montana's Democratic primary. As part of his adoption, Obama received a Crow name that translates as "One Who Helps People Throughout the Land." Black Eagle and his wife, Mary, later attended Obama's presidential inauguration.(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Taxes cannot be levied on honoraria to a shaman or spiritual leader for religious services, but could be assessed on per-capita payments from gambling revenues to tribal members, under a proposal for taxing Native Americans by the Internal Revenue Service.

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Ballot counting officially ends (access required)

2012 canvass

Following several close contests and two weeks of counting, Secretary Ken Bennett and other state officials today signed the official canvass and certified last month’s election results.

The move effectively ended the 2012 campaign cycle and heralded the start of the new one.

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