Rosebud Sioux Tribe offers tax rebates to livestock producers hurt by drought

Dominik Dausch
Farm Forum

Rosebud Sioux Tribe is offering local agriculture producers rebates on certain taxes to offset financial losses from years of drought.

According to a press release from RST president Scott Herman's office, the tribe started accepting receipts for foreign cattle taxes paid between 2013 and 2022 on Tuesday. The release states the refunds are meant to "address the severe economic hardships caused to our local agricultural producers from the severe drought conditions during the years 2021 and 2022."

Whitney Meek, program director of the RST Revenue Department, told the Argus Leader the tribe will repay $3 per head.

"To clarify, it was originally known as the Pasture Authorization Fee, but it's also called a foreign cattle tax. But it's a full rebate, so whatever they paid, they get back," Meek said.

Cattle producers must provide their vendor ID number and documentation to the RST Finance Office to initiate the rebate process. Applicants are also required to fill out a Form 1099G provided by the tribe.

Farmers who paid the taxes but lack receipts can still receive refunds per a review of tribal records, which may take up to two weeks.

RST Council enacted a measure to provide foreign cattle tax rebates from the tribe's cattle fee reserve on June 9, 2022.

Agricultural producers are advised to contact at 605-747-5045 to obtain a vendor ID number or to ask questions about the collection of foreign cattle taxes.

Dominik Dausch is the agriculture and environment reporter for the Argus Leader and editor of Farm Forum. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook @DomDNP and send news tips to ddausch@gannett.com.