Supreme Court Could Upend Tribal Expectations In Tax Row

By Andrew Westney (January 22, 2016, 12:04 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared preoccupied Wednesday with protecting non-Native Americans' settled reliance on state regulation in a case challenging the assertion of tribal liquor and taxing authority over a Nebraska village, but experts say the case could have a disturbing impact on the ability of tribes to govern their lands.

Nebraska is seeking to overturn an Eighth Circuit ruling upholding the move, and at oral arguments, state Solicitor General James D. Smith sounded the state's main theme: that allowing the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska to impose a liquor tax in the village of Pender after decades of largely non-Indian settlement...

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