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Tribal help with drug costs.

Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, in what he calls a "last-case option," is looking at seeking the help of Indian tribes in importing low-cost medicine from Canada if a federal ban is imposed on mail-order pharmaceuticals. The same legal status that allows Indian tribes to operate casinos and sell discount cigarettes could make them a possible outlet for discounted drugs. The governor and tribal leaders were looking into the legality of Minnesotan tribes importing prescription drugs from their Canadian counterparts and selling them in pharmacies on tribal lands. "We're a sovereign nation in Canada, and they're a sovereign nation in the U.S.," said Gwen LaFreniere, chief executive officer of the Dakota Plains Wahpeton Nation in Manitoba. "There should be no reason why nation-to-nation trade cannot happen."
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Title Annotation:STATELINE
Publication:State Legislatures
Date:May 1, 2005
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