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Court rejects Ho-Chunk Nation's bid for cigarette tax refund

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state does not owe an Indian tribe thousands of dollars in cigarette tax refunds. The Ho-Chunk Nation was seeking a partial refund on cigarette taxes collected by the state at its DeJope Gaming property in Madison for parts of 2003 and 2004. The tribe argued it was owed the money under a state law allowing tribes to get refunds on 70 percent of cigarette taxes collected on tribal lands designated before Jan. 1, 1983. The exact amount the tribe was seeking wasn't immediately clear.