Omaha Tribe Seeks Supreme Court Review

LINCOLN (AP) - The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether their sovereignty protects them from a lawsuit filed by a company that says it wasn't paid for construction work. The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled earlier this year the lawsuit by StoreVisions Inc. could proceed in Thurston County District Court. The Omaha-based building contractor sued the tribe in October 2009, alleging that tribal authorities hadn't paid for construction work on a casino, racetrack and other facilities. The tribal chairman and vice chairman had signed an agreement with the company waiving sovereign immunity from lawsuits. But attorneys for the tribe argue that they did not have the authority to do so, because that power is not specified in the tribe's constitution and bylaws.