US Supreme Court agrees to hear Omaha Tribe boundary appeal

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office says the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear its appeal on a ruling that would let the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska collect a liquor tax on business owners in the northeast Nebraska city of Pender.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May upheld a federal district judge’s February that said Pender is inside the Omaha Reservation and subject to the tribe’s liquor regulations.

Those regulations require licenses for businesses that sell alcohol and a 10 percent tax on alcohol purchases. A group of Pender retailers sued in federal court in 2007, arguing that they should not be subject to the tribe’s regulations, because the land upon which their businesses sat is not part of the reservation.

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