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Supreme Court schedules oral arguments in Omaha Tribe dispute

A view of the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska. Photo from Omaha Tribe

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Nebraska v. Parker, a reservation diminishment case affecting the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, on January 20, 2016.

The case will determine whether the village of Pender lies within reservation boundaries. A federal judge and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that it does, a decision that subjects non-Indian businesses to the tribe's jurisdiction.

Indianz.Com SoundCloud: 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Oral Arguments in Smith v. Parker

The justices haven't explained why they agreed to hear the case. But tribal advocates are worried that the high court will overturn the 8th Circuit victory.

The Supreme Court's last reservation diminishment case was South Dakota v. Yankton Sioux Tribe from January 1998.

8th Circuit Decision:
Smith v. Parker (December 19, 2014)

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