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Special Economic Impact Zone Bill Designated as a Priority Bill

NCIA commissioner Lucas LaRose testifies in favor of LB 291 at committee hearing. District 40 Senator Tyson Larson recently requested designation of LB 291 as one of his priority bills.  The bill which was introduced to the Revenue Committee, relates to Native Americans and the designation of special zones on Indian Reservations. LB 291, which creates and proposes to adopt the Special Economic Impact Zone Act, provides tax incentive options to encourage the formation and expansion of businesses on reservations in our state. Pursuant to similar legislation introduced during the previous session and recommendations of the LR 547 Tribal...

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Native American Cultural Awareness and History License Plates Bill Introduced

State Senator Kate Bolz introduced LB 355 which is a bill that authorizes the creation of Native American Cultural Awareness and History license plates. Such plates would require a $5 fee for a standard alphanumeric plate, or $40 for personalized plates. Any funds in excess of cost raised by such plates are to be reserved for the Native American Scholarship and Leadership Fund, also established by this act. The Native American Scholarship and Leadership Fund will be created to fund scholarships to Native Americans to attend a post-secondary educational institution in this state and to provide other leadership opportunities...

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Well-known lawyers lined up for Whiteclay showdown

Well-known lawyers lined up for Whiteclay showdown Owners of Whiteclay’s four beer stores and the activists who want them closed have enlisted well-known attorneys in advance of a spring showdown at the state Capitol. The stores will be asked to show in a formal hearing in April that the tiny, unincorporated village in northwest Nebraska has adequate law enforcement to support four businesses selling millions of cans of beer and malt liquor each year. Much of that beer goes to residents of South Dakota’s nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where alcohol is...

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Following the Footsteps of Our Ancestors

Following the Footsteps of Our Ancestors The Ponca Remembrance Walk is a 282-mile walk commemorating the route of the tribe’s forced removal from its homelands in the 1870s. Elders will begin the walk on April 29 in Niobrara,NE, and the event will culminate with the tribe signing the deed of ownership to a 19.5-mile segment of the Chief Standing Bear Trail on May 11 in Barneston, NE. Tribal members, employees and the public are invited to join the Ponca Remembrance Walk for the entire journey, or at any of the segments along the way. Participants can walk, run or...

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Nebraska liquor panel’s hearing to decide fate of beer sales in Whiteclay is delayed until April

Nebraska liquor panel's hearing to decide fate of beer sales in Whiteclay is delayed until April LINCOLN — A hearing to decide the fate of beer sales in the border village of Whiteclay, Nebraska, has been delayed a month to April 6. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission had been scheduled to meet March 7 to decide whether the liquor licenses for four beer-only liquor stores should be renewed. But now that hearing has been rescheduled to...

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