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Old 01-29-2003, 10:13 PM
Johnny L.A. Johnny L.A. is offline
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Buying a house on an Indian reservation?

I'm looking for a house to buy. Today I came across one online that is on an Indian reservation in western Washington.

How does that work? Can tribes sell their land to individuals? That seems like a rather strange concept. Or is a house "for sale" really a long-term lease? (i.e., the proverbial "99-year lease"?) If you buy a house on Indian land, are you bound by tribal law, state and federal law, or all of the above?

(MPSIMS: The house is tiny -- my one-bedroom apartment is not much smaller than this two-bedroom house -- but it's on half an acre. City about six miles away. Good place for launching a kayak. Very inexpensive.)
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