- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

PENDER, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for a case that will determine whether businesses that sell alcohol in the village of Pender can be regulated by the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1IIMxAX ) that oral arguments will take place on Jan. 20 in Washington. At issue is whether the Nebraska village is a part of the Omaha Indian Reservation.

The Omaha Tribe passed an alcohol ordinance in 2006 requiring businesses that sell alcohol on the reservation to buy liquor licenses. The ordinance also placed a 10 percent sales tax on all alcohol purchases.

Owners of seven Pender establishments sued the tribe in U.S. District Court in Omaha, saying they were not subject to the ordinance because Pender is not on the reservation.

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