Pender, NE Alcohol Retailers Facing Tribal Tax Unsure Of Future

"We would have to look at not having beer or liquor. I'm worried it's going to cripple our business," Jessica Frazey said of what would happen if the Supreme Court rules with previous courts that have said Pender sits within the Omaha Indian Reservation, thus giving the tribe authority to regulate the businesses and impose taxes.

Businesses in Pender that sell alcohol are awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on whether or not they are subject to an Omaha Tribe of Nebraska ordinance that would require them to buy a tribal liquor license and pay sales taxes to the tribe on top of what they already pay in state licensing fees and taxes.  The additional costs could put some owners out of business.