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Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation, Nevada

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The Nevada attorney general's office has challenged federal expansion of the tribe's reservation to Fallon's business district without first consulting with the state and affected local governments. The complaint, filed Jan. 30 in U.S. District Court, Reno, against the BIA and the tribe, stems from the BIA's expansion of the reservation to include the tribe's gas station and convenience store. The Fox Peak Station is located in Fallon's business district on 36 acres purchased in 1997 for $1.3 million. The tribe spent more than $1 million to build the station. Under federal law, tribes have the same sovereign status as nations and other governments. They aren't subject to local laws and get a break on taxes. But city officials said they wouldn't extend services or utilities to Fox Peak unless the tribe allowed the property to fall under city, not tribal, authority. Fallon officials see their opposition as a complex legal issue, but the tribe has claimed the officials are being racist.