A Montana state senator running Tuesday for chairman of the Chippewa Cree tribe on the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation owes more than $146,000 in federal taxes, penalties and interest, according to a document filed by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
The IRS filed a lien June 27 with the Lewis and Clark County Clerk and Recorder against Jonathan Windy Boy, a Democrat representing Senate District 16, which includes the Rocky Boys, Fort Belknap and part of Fort Peck Reservations.
The lien says he owes $146,598, a sum that includes unpaid balances going back to the 2001 tax year.
Windy Boy said his tax team is working on it and that he's making payments.
"It's going to be squared away," he said.
Much of Windy Boy's income has come from contract work with the tribe.
Windy Boy has addressed the tax question before. In 2011, faced with a $134,000 lien filed in Hill County, he told the Havre Daily news said he owed the IRS only a few thousand dollars and that the delinquency resulted from an error, not from purposefully avoiding taxes.
He told a reporter with the online Montana Watchdog at about that time also that he had his “tax team” on it and the matter would be resolved.
Windy Boy is among six candidates on the ballot today for chairman of the Chippewa Cree.
He was elected to a second four-year Senate term in 2012 and served in the state House from 2003 to 2008.
He serves on the Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee, Senate Finance and Claims Committee and the Joint Subcommittee on Education.