Issue: (1) Whether Justice Brandeis’s opinion in Turner v. United States supports the concept of tribal sovereign immunity or should that accidental doctrine, questioned in Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma v. Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., be revised and discarded, at least in the context of tribal alcoholic beverage commercial activities; (2) whether 18 U.S.C. § 1161 and Rice v. Rehner exclude tribal alcoholic beverage endeavors from sovereign immunity protection; and (3) whether tribal sovereign immunity precludes a suit against an Indian Tribe which has obtained a state liquor license and has operated an alcoholic beverage facility pursuant to that liquor license and in the process has violated state law subjecting a license holder to liability.
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