Omaha Tribe Wins Round in Pender Booze Tax Fight

omaha-tribe-of-nebraska(AP) — A federal judge has said the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska can collect a liquor tax on business owners in the northeast Nebraska city of Pender.

The judge ruled late last week that Pender is inside the Omaha Reservation and so is subject to the tribe’s liquor regulations.

A group of Pender retailers sued in federal court in 2007, saying their land was not part of the Omaha Reservation. In the 1860s, part of the tribe’s land was ceded to the Winnebago Tribe. Some of the remaining Omaha Tribe’s land came to be owned by non-Native Americans.

The part that was opened for sale to white settlers included what became the village of Pender.