Justices May Stress Non-Tribal History In Jurisdiction Fight

By Andrew Westney (October 8, 2015, 6:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to review a challenge to an Eighth Circuit ruling that a Nebraska village must comply with tribal liquor license and taxing regulations could see the court make a key change in interpreting how the history of a disputed area and the expectations of non-Native Americans affect tribal jurisdiction.

After agreeing in June to hear a bid by Dollar General Corp. to overturn a Fifth Circuit ruling concerning the jurisdiction of a tribal court in a sexual assault case, the high court on Oct. 1 took up another tribal authority case, granting Nebraska and the village of Pender's...

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