RESPONDENT: Itasca County
LOCATION: Virginia Citizens Consumer Council
DOCKET NO.: 75-5027
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT: Minnesota Supreme Court
CITATION: 426 US 373 (1976)
ARGUED: Apr 20, 1976
DECIDED: Jun 14, 1976
Bernard P. Becker - for petitioner
C. H. Luther - for respondent
Facts of the case
Media for Bryan v. Itasca CountyAudio Transcription for Oral Argument - April 20, 1976 in Bryan v. Itasca County
Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 14, 1976 in Bryan v. Itasca County
Warren E. Burger:
Mr. Justice Brennan has the dispositions to announce in two cases.
William J. Brennan, Jr.:
The first is 75-5027 which is here from the Supreme Court of Minnesota.
This case was brought by a Chippewa Indian, protesting that the State of Minnesota had no jurisdiction to levy a property tax on his mobile home located on land held in by the United States in trust for members of the Chippewa tribe.
The Minnesota courts held that, they did indeed, State did indeed have taxing authority that it had that authority accredited by an act of Congress Section 4 (a) of Public Law 280.
We don't read Public Law 280 as did the Minnesota courts, and we therefore, reverse on the ground that the state did not have authority to impose a property tax on petitioner's on mobile home.