I know this is a simplistic thought to a complex issue, but why doesn't the government tax the cigarettes BEFORE they leave the point of origin 'store' where the Indians are buying them? One "built in cost" for all purchasers - Indians/non-indians - tax paid - controversy done - no additional taxes to the consumer down the line.

Walmart/other stores charge customers, Indians/non-indians, the same tax on products purchased, so why not the original dispensers of cigarettes? That would remove the controversy. The various retailors could then charge whatever the need dictates to cover their costs (shipping/handling).

Wouldn't that level the playing field?

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