The Real Deal Miami

Tribal expansion would face state, federal laws, taxes

February 25, 2009 11:59AM

The Seminole Tribe’s bid to take 100 acres off Broward County tax rolls may have been thwarted by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Rhode Island case. The court ruled that tribes recognized after 1934, including the Seminoles, can’t have new land added to a federally protected trust. The Seminoles want to build a massive hotel and casino development on the land they’re trying to put in the trust, and if that bid fails, the project would be subject to state and local laws, as well as taxes. The Seminoles did not accept federal recognition until 1958, despite their 400-year history.