• Seventh Circuit Strikes down Local Government’s Stormwater Assessment Fees on Indian Lands
  • December 16, 2013
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • In 2007, the Village of Hobart (“the Village”) passed an ordinance assessing stormwater management fees to finance the construction and operation of a stormwater management system on all land in the Village, including those owned by the Oneida Tribe of Indians. The tribe sued and the Seventh Circuit held in Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin v. Village of Hobart, Wisconsin, No. 12-3419 (7th Cir. 2013) that a local government could not assess stormwater management fees on Indian tribes because neither states nor their political subdivisions are authorized to regulate stormwater or other pollution on Indian lands.