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Omaha Tribe Wins Unanimous Decision at SCOTUS


Yesterday the United States Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision to uphold the right of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska to impose a sales tax on its own land. In their decision, which was written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the justices made clear that an 1882 act of Congress that opened up the tribe’s reservation to settlement did not clear the way for continued diminishment of Indian lands.

See the full decision here.

Thomas wrote that, "upsetting the justifiable expectations of the almost exclusively non-Indian settlers who live on the land are compelling, but these expectations alone, resulting from the tribe's failure to assert jurisdiction, cannot diminish reservation boundaries."



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