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White Mountain Apache Tribe v. Bracker

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White Mountain Apache Tribe


State of Arizona

Petitioner's Claim

That the state of Arizona could not impose taxes on a non-Indian logging company doing business with the White Mountain Apache Tribe on Fort Apache Reservation.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Neil Vincent Wake, Michael J. Brown

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Ian A. Macpherson

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall (writing for the Court), Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

27 June 1980


That the state taxes failed the federal preemption test regulating jurisdiction on Indian reservations among federal, state and tribal governments. The taxes therefore were invalid.

Related Cases

  • Blaze Construction Company, Inc. v. Taxation and Revenue Department of State of New Mexico, 884 P2d 803 (1994).
  • Loveness v. State ex rel. Arizona Department of Revenue, 963 P.2d 303 (1998).

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