The National Congress of American Indians is urging Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to look into the Internal Revenue Service’s “unequal treatment of tribal government entities” for projects financed with tax-exempt bonds.

Jefferson Keel, the president of the group, told Geithner in a recent letter that IRS auditors have severely limited what projects tribal governments can finance with tax-exempt bonds by “creating the restrictive 'essential government function’ test that applies to no other government entity.”

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