Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana, 86002-86008 [2016-28749]

Download as PDF 86002 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices You may mail or handdeliver written comments to Ms. Amy Dutschke, Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825. Please include your name, return address, and ‘‘NOI Comments, Redding Rancheria Project’’ on the first page of your written comments. You may also submit comments through email to John Rydzik, Chief, Division of Environmental, Cultural Resource Management and Safety, Bureau of Indian Affairs, at john.rydzik@bia.gov. If emailing comments, please use ‘‘NOI Comments, Redding Rancheria Project’’ as the subject of your email. The location of the public scoping meeting will be announced at least 15 days in advance through a notice to be published in the local newspaper (Redding Record Searchlight and Sacramento Bee) and online at www.reddingeis.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Rydzik, Chief, Division of Environmental, Cultural Resource Management and Safety, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W–2820, Sacramento, California 95825; telephone: (916) 978–6051; email: john.rydzik@bia.gov. Information is also available online at www.reddingeis.com. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe submitted an application to the Department of the Interior (Department) requesting the placement of approximately 232 acres of fee land in trust by the United States upon which the Tribe would construct a casino resort. The facility would include an approximately 140,000 square foot casino, an approximately 250-room hotel, an event/convention center, a retail center, and associated parking and infrastructure. The new facility would replace the Tribe’s existing casino, and the exisiting casino buildings would be converted to a different use. Accordingly, the proposed action for the Department is the acquisition requested by the Tribe. The proposed fee-to-trust property is located in an unincorporated part of Shasta County, California, approximately 1.6 miles northeast of the existing Redding Rancheria, and about two miles southeast of downtown Redding. The proposed trust property includes seven parcels, bound by Bechelli Lane on the north, private properties to the south, the Sacremento River on the west, and Interstate 5 on the east. The Shasta County Assessor’s parcel numbers (APNs) for the property are 055–010–011, 055–010–012, 055– 010–014, 055–010–015, 055–050–001, 055–020–004 and 055–020–005. The asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 purpose of the proposed action is to improve the economic status of the Tribal government so it can better provide housing, health care, education, cultural programs, and other services to its members. The proposed action encompasses the various Federal approvals which may be required to implement the Tribe’s proposed economic development project, including approval of the Tribe’s fee-to-trust application. The EIS will identify and evaluate issues related to these approvals, and will also evaluate a range of reasonable alternatives. Possible alternatives currently under consideration are a reduced-intensity casino alternative, an alternate-use (non-casino) alternative, and one or more off-site alternatives. The range of issues and alternatives may be expanded based on comments received during the scoping process. Areas of environmental concern identified for analysis in the EIS include land resources; water resources; air quality; noise; biological resources; cultural/historical/archaeological resources; resource use patterns; traffic and transportation; public health and safety; hazardous materials and hazardous wastes; public services and utilities; socioeconomics; environmental justice; visual resources/aesthetics; and cumulative, indirect, and growthinducing effects. The range of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS may be expanded or reduced based on comments received in response to this notice and at the public scoping meeting. Additional information, including a map of the project site, is available by contacting the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Public Comment Availability: Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask in your comment that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the BIA cannot guarantee that this will occur. Authority: This notice is published in accordance with sections 1501.7 and 1506.6 of the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321–4345 et seq.), and the Department of the Interior National Environmental Policy Act Regulations (43 CFR part 46), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: November 18, 2016. Lawrence S. Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–28757 Filed 11–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [178A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice publishes the liquor control code of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana (the Band). The liquor control code regulates and controls the possession, sale, manufacture, and distribution of alcohol in conformity with the laws of the State of Indiana. DATES: This code will only become effective if and when the Band’s pending trust applications for land in Indiana are approved and the transfer to trust status is complete. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Rebecca J. Smith, Tribal Relations Specialist, Eastern Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 545 Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214, Telephone: (615) 564–6711, Fax: (615) 564–6701; or the Eastern Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Telephone: (615) 564–6500. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Act of August 15, 1953, Public Law 83–277, 67 Stat. 586, 18 U.S.C. 1161, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Rice v. Rehner, 463 U.S. 713 (1983), the Secretary of the Interior shall certify and publish in the Federal Register notice of adopted liquor control codes for the purpose of regulating liquor transactions in Indian country. The Tribal Council of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana duly adopted the Pokagon Band Liquor Control Code (Indiana) on November 2, 2015, and subsequently amended it by resolution on July 26, 2016. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices This notice is published in accordance with the authority delegated by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary–Indian Affairs. I certify that the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana Tribal Council duly adopted by Resolution the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana, Liquor Control Code (Indiana), enacted November 2, 2015 by Res. No. 15–11–02–05 and amended July 26, 2016 by Res. No. 16–07–26–13 to clarify language in section 7 and subsection 8(f) and to correct organizational errors. Dated: November 18, 2016. Lawrence S. Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana Liquor Control Code (Indiana) Section 1 Legislative Findings. The Pokagon Band Tribal Council hereby finds as follows: (a) The importations, distribution, manufacture, and Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes on the Tribe’s Reservation is a matter of special concern to the Tribe. (b) Federal law as embodied in 18 U.S.C. 1161 provides that certain sections of the United States Code, commonly referred to as Federal Indian Liquor Laws, shall not apply to any act or transaction within any area of Indian country, provided such act or transaction is in conformity with both the laws of the state in which such act or transaction occurs, and with an act duly adopted by the tribe having jurisdiction over such area of Indian country. Section 2 Declaration of Policy. (a) The Council hereby declares that the policy of the Tribe is to eliminate the problems associated with unlicensed, unregulated, and unlawful importation, distribution, manufacture, and Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes on the Tribe’s Reservation, and to promote temperance in the use and consumption of Alcoholic Liquor by establishing and enforcing Tribal regulation over such activities on the Reservation. (b) The importation, distribution, manufacture, and Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes on the Reservation shall be lawful, provided that such activity is conducted by the Tribe or by an authorized Tribal Enterprise, and is in conformity with this Code. Such conditions are necessary to increase the Tribe’s ability to control and regulate the distribution, Sale, and possession of Alcoholic VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 Liquor, while at the same time provide an important and necessary source of revenue for continued operation of the Tribal government and delivery of Tribal governmental services. Section 3 Authority. The Council has authority to adopt this Liquor Control Code (‘‘Code’’) pursuant to the authority and powers vested in it by Article IX, subsections 2(a), 2(e), 2(i), and 2(j), of the Tribal Constitution and the inherent authority of the Band as a sovereign tribal nation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the Pokagon Band. Further, the Supreme Court held in United States v. Mazurie, 419 U.S. 544 (1975), that Congress through 18 U.S.C. 1161 delegated to Indian tribes authority to control the introduction, distribution, and consumption of Alcoholic Liquor within Indian country. Section 4 Short Title. This Code shall be known and cited as the ‘‘Pokagon Band Liquor Control Code (Indiana)’’. Section 5 Scope and Purpose. (a) The scope of this Code is limited to the areas of Indian country located in the State of Indiana over which the Tribe exercises jurisdiction. The Pokagon Band Liquor Control Code enacted by the Tribal Council on September 9, 2006 by adoption of Resolution No. 06–09–09–12, which was certified by the Secretary of the Interior and published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2007 (72 FR 2545)(‘‘Liquor Control Code (Michigan)’’), applies solely to the areas of Indian country located in the State of Michigan over which the Tribe exercises jurisdiction. This Code shall have no application to any areas of Indian country located in the State of Michigan. (b) The purpose of this Code is to prohibit the importation, manufacture, distribution, and Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes on the Reservation except pursuant to a License issued by the Commission under the provisions of this Code and other Tribal laws. Section 6 Application of 18 U.S.C. 1161. The importation, manufacture, distribution, and Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes on the Reservation shall be ‘‘in conformity with’’ this Code and the laws of the State of Indiana as that phrase is used in 18 U.S.C. 1161. Section 7 Incorporation by Reference of Indiana Laws. (a) In accordance with 18 U.S.C. 1161, the Tribe hereby adopts and applies as Tribal law those Indiana laws, as amended, relating to the Sale and regulation of Alcoholic Liquor PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 86003 encompassing the following areas: Sale to a minor; Sale to a visibly intoxicated individual; Sale of adulterated or misbranded liquor; hours of operation; and similar substantive provisions, including such other laws prohibiting the Sale of Alcoholic Liquor to certain categories of individuals. Said Tribal laws which are defined by reference to the substantive areas of Indiana laws referred to in this section shall apply in the same manner and to the same extent as such laws apply elsewhere in Indiana to off-Reservation transactions unless otherwise agreed by the Tribe and State; provided, that nothing in this Code shall be construed as a consent by the Tribe to the jurisdiction of the State of Indiana or any of its, agencies, courts or subordinate political subdivisions or municipalities within the Reservation over any activity arising under or related to the subject of this Code nor shall anything in this Code constitute an express or implied waiver of the sovereign immunity of the Tribe. (b) In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between ‘‘adopted and applied’’ Indiana laws and this Code, the provisions of this Code shall govern to the extent allowed under 18 U.S.C. 1161. (c) Whenever such Indiana laws are incorporated herein by reference, amendments by the State thereto shall also be deemed to be incorporated upon their effective date in the State of Indiana without further action by the Tribal Council. Section 8 General Provisions. (a) Sales Limited To Permitted Hours. No Alcoholic Liquor shall be sold, served, or allowed to be consumed on any premises licensed under this Code other than during the hours permitted by Tribal law and the License. (b) Sale to Obviously Intoxicated Person. It shall be a violation of this Code to sell or furnish for consumption on the licensed premises any Alcoholic Liquor to any person who is obviously intoxicated at the time. As used in this subsection, ‘‘obviously intoxicated’’ means inebriated to the extent that a person’s physical faculties are substantially impaired and the impairment is shown by significantly uncoordinated physical action or significant physical dysfunction that would have been obvious to a reasonable person. (c) Distribution off premises. No Person licensed under this Code shall distribute or deliver any Alcoholic Liquor off the premises described in the License. (d) Sale or possession with intent to sell without a License. Any Person who shall sell or offer for Sale or distribute E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 86004 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices or transport in any manner, any Alcoholic Liquor in violation of this Code, or who shall have Alcoholic Liquor in his possession with intent to sell or distribute on the Reservation without a License issued pursuant to this Code shall be guilty of a violation of this Code. (e) Purchases from other than Licensed entities or premises. Any Person who, on the Reservation or within its boundaries, buys Alcoholic Liquor from any Person other than a licensed entity or premises shall be guilty of a violation of this Code. (f) Consumption or possession of Alcoholic Liquor by persons under 21 years of age. No person under the age of 21 years shall consume or Purchase any Alcoholic Liquor on the Reservation or within its boundaries. No person under the age of 21 years shall have for personal consumption any Alcoholic Liquor in his or her possession on the Reservation or within its boundaries. No Person shall permit any person under the age of 21 years to consume Alcoholic Liquor on his or her premises or any premises under his or her control except as expressly permitted under this Code. Upon any attempt to Purchase Alcoholic Liquor on a premises licensed under this Code by a person who appears to be younger than twenty-one (21) years of age, the vendor shall demand, and the prospective purchaser upon such demand shall display, satisfactory evidence that he or she is of legal age. Any Person violating this Section shall be guilty of a separate violation of this Code for each and every Alcoholic Liquor beverage consumed, acquired, or possessed. (g) Sales of Alcoholic Liquor to persons under 21 years of age. It shall be a violation of this Code to sell or furnish any Alcoholic Liquor to a person unless that person has attained 21 years of age. Persons selling Alcoholic Liquor shall make a diligent inquiry as to whether the purchaser is at least 21 years of age. For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘‘diligent inquiry’’ means a diligent, good faith effort to determine the age of the purchaser, which includes at least an examination of such person’s personal identification to establish the identity and age of the purchaser. Any Person who shall sell or provide Alcoholic Liquor to any person under the age of 21 years shall be guilty of a violation of this Code for every Sale or drink provided. (h) Transfer of identification to a minor. Any person who transfers in any manner an identification of age to a minor for the purpose of permitting such minor to obtain Alcoholic Liquor VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 shall be guilty of an offense; provided that corroborative testimony of a witness other than the minor shall be required for any finding of a violation of this Code. (i) Use of False or Altered Identification. Any person who attempts to Purchase an Alcoholic liquor beverage through the use of a false or altered identification shall be guilty of violating this Code. (j) Acceptable Identification. Where there may be a question of a person’s right to Purchase Alcoholic Liquor by reason of his or her age, such person shall be required to present identification in one of the following forms that displays his or her correct age, signature and photograph: (1) A driver’s license or identification card issued by any state or U.S. territory; (2) United States active duty military ID; (3) A passport issued by the United States or any foreign country; or (4) A Tribal identification card or other tribal identification card recognized by the Commission. (k) Sale of Adulterated or Mislabeled Alcoholic Liquor. It shall be a violation of this Code for any Person, by himself or by his agent or employee, to sell, offer for Sale, or possess any Alcoholic Liquor that is adulterated or misbranded or any Alcoholic Liquor in bottles that have been refilled. For the purposes of this Section, Alcoholic Liquor shall be deemed adulterated if it contains any liquids or other ingredients not placed there by the original Manufacturer or bottler. For the purposes of this Section, Alcoholic Liquor shall be deemed misbranded when not plainly labeled, marked or otherwise designated. For the purposes of this section, Alcoholic Liquor bottles shall be deemed to be refilled when the bottles contain any liquid or other ingredient not placed in the bottles by the original Manufacturer. Section 9 Administration of Code. The Gaming Commission shall exercise all of the powers and accomplish all of the purposes as set forth in this Code, including the following actions: (a) Adopt and enforce rules and regulations for the purpose of implementing and enforcing this Code, which includes the setting of fees, provided that the Gaming Commission shall provide a minimum public notice and opportunity to comment of sixty (60) days on any proposed rule or regulation before such rule or regulation becomes final and enforceable; (b) Execute all necessary documents; and (c) Perform all matters and things incidental to and necessary to conduct PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 its business and carry out its duties and functions under this Code. Section 10 Applicability Within the Reservation. This Code shall apply to all Persons on or within the boundaries of the Reservation, consistent with applicable federal laws. Section 11 Definitions. For the purposes of this Code, words in the present tense include the future; the masculine includes the feminine; the singular includes the plural; and the plural includes the singular. The word ‘‘shall’’ is mandatory and the word ‘‘may’’ is permissive. In construing the provisions of this Code, the following words or phrases shall have the meaning designated unless a different meaning is expressly provided or the context clearly indicates otherwise: (a) ‘‘Alcohol’’ means the compound C2H5OH, known as ethyl alcohol, hydrated oxide of ethyl, or spirits of wine, from whatever source or by whatever process produced. (b) ‘‘Alcoholic Liquor’’ means any spirituous, vinous, malt, or fermented liquor, liquids and compounds, whether or not medicated, proprietary, patented, and by whatever name called, containing one half of one percent (0.5%) or more of Alcohol by volume which is fit for use for beverage purposes and human consumption. The term Alcoholic Liquor does not include industrial alcohol. (c) ‘‘Applicant’’ means any Person who submits an application to the Gaming Commission for a License and who has not yet received such a License. (d) ‘‘Beer’’ means an Alcoholic Liquor obtained by the fermentation of an infusion or decoction of barley malt or other cereal and hops in water. (e) ‘‘Brandy’’ means (1) an Alcoholic Liquor as defined in the federal regulations, 27 CFR 5.22(d) (1980) or any successor federal law; or (2) a beverage product that otherwise meets the Indiana statutory definition of ‘‘brandy’’. (f) ‘‘Commission’’ and ‘‘Gaming Commission’’ means the Pokagon Band Gaming Commission first established by the Pokagon Band Gaming Regulatory Act, as amended. (g) ‘‘Constitution’’ and ‘‘Tribal Constitution’’ means the Constitution of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan and Indiana, adopted on November 1, 2005 and approved by the Secretary of the Interior on December 16, 2005, including all subsequent amendments ratified and approved pursuant to Tribal and federal law. (h) ‘‘Council’’ and ‘‘Tribal Council’’ means the elected Tribal Council of the E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians acting as the governing body of the Tribe pursuant to the Tribe’s Constitution. (i) ‘‘License’’ means an Alcoholic Liquor license issued by the Gaming Commission under the provisions of this Code authorizing the importation, manufacture, distribution, or Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes on or within the Reservation consistent with federal law. (j) ‘‘Licensee’’ means any holder of a License issued by the Gaming Commission pursuant to this Code and includes any employee or agent of the Licensee. (k) ‘‘Manufacturer’’ means any Person engaged in the manufacture of Alcoholic Liquor. (l) ‘‘Mixed Drink’’ means any drink prepared with one or more Alcoholic Liquors or other beverage containing Alcohol, provided that: (1) The mixed drink is served from the vessel in which it was prepared and (2) the Alcoholic Liquor used in the preparation of the mixed drink is drawn directly from the original container in which the Alcoholic Liquor was contained and is poured directly into the vessel in which the mixed drink is to be prepared. (m) ‘‘Person’’ means: (1) a natural individual, whether Indian or non-Indian; (2) an Indian tribe, band, or group, whether recognized by the United States or otherwise, including any Tribal Enterprise and Licensee (3) a firm; (4) a corporation or joint corporation; (5) a partnership or limited partnership; (6) a limited liability company; (7) an incorporated or unincorporated association, society, or any group of individuals acting as a unit, whether mutual, cooperative, fraternal, nonprofit, or otherwise; or (8) a receiver, assignee, trustee in bankruptcy, trust estate or other legal entity; whether acting by themselves or by a servant, an agent, or an employee. (n) ‘‘Purchase’’ means to acquire, by Sale or otherwise, individual possession, ownership, or rights to goods or services. (o) ‘‘Reservation’’ means: Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 1300j–5 or other applicable federal law, (i) all lands located within the State of Indiana, the title to which is held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians; and (ii) all lands located within the State of Indiana that are proclaimed by the Secretary of the Interior to be part of the Tribe’s reservation. The term Reservation VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 includes any rights-of-way running through the Reservation. (p) ‘‘Secretary of the Interior’’ means the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior. (q) ‘‘Sacramental Wine’’ means Wine containing not more than twenty-four percent (24%) of Alcohol by volume and is used for sacramental purposes. (r) ‘‘Sale’’ means the exchange, barter, traffic, furnishing, or giving away for commercial purposes of possession, ownership, or rights to goods or services. (s) ‘‘Tribal Court’’ means the Tribal Court of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. (t) ‘‘Tribal Enterprise’’ means the Tribe or any activity or business owned, managed, or controlled by the Tribe or any agency, subordinate organization, or other entity of the Tribe, where the organic documents establishing such enterprise expressly allow for the Sale of Alcoholic Liquor. (u) ‘‘Tribal Law’’ means the Tribal Constitution and all laws, acts, codes, and resolutions now and hereafter duly enacted by the Tribal Council and any rules or regulations duly promulgated by the Gaming Commission pursuant to this Code. (v) ‘‘Tribe’’ means, and ‘‘Tribal’’ refers to, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana. (w) ‘‘Wine’’ means the product made by the normal alcoholic fermentation of the juice of sound, ripe grapes, or any other fruit with the usual cellar treatment, and containing not more than twenty-one percent (21%) of Alcohol by volume, including hard cider and other fermented fruit juices other than grapes and mixed wine drinks. Section 12 Interpretation and Findings. The Gaming Commission in the first instance may interpret any ambiguities contained in this Code. Section 13 Liberal Construction. The provisions of this Code shall be liberally construed to achieve the purposes set forth, whether clearly stated or apparent from the context of the language used herein. Section 14 Computation of Time. Unless otherwise provided in this Code, in computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by this Code, the day of the act, event or default from which the designated period time begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the period so computed shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday, in which event the period runs until the end of the next day which is not a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday. For the purposes of this Code, the term ‘‘legal PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 86005 holiday’’ shall mean all legal holidays under Tribal Law. Section 15 Prohibition of Unlicensed Sale of Alcoholic Liquor. This Code prohibits the importation, manufacture, distribution, or Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes other than where conducted by a Tribal Enterprise in accordance with this Code. No License shall be issued to any Person other than a Tribal Enterprise. The federal liquor laws are intended to remain applicable to any act or transaction that is not authorized by this Code, and violators shall be subject to federal law. Consistent with United States v. Wheeler, 435 U.S. 313 (1978), nothing shall prevent both federal and Tribal jurisdiction to enforce this Code. Section 16 Sales of Alcoholic Liquor. (a) Sales for Cash. All Alcoholic Liquor Sales on the Reservation or within its boundaries shall be on a cash or cash equivalent basis, including the use of ATM cards, debit cards, checks, major credit cards, or other instruments approved by the Gaming Commission. (b) Sales for Personal Consumption. All Alcoholic Liquor Sales shall be for the personal use and consumption by the purchaser. Resale of any Alcoholic Liquor Purchased on the Reservation or within its boundaries is prohibited. Any Person not licensed pursuant to this Code who Purchases Alcoholic Liquor on the Reservation and sells it, whether in the original container or not, shall be guilty of a violation of this Code. Section 17 Authorization to Sell Alcoholic Liquor. Any Tribal Enterprise applying for and obtaining a License under the provisions of this Code shall have the right to engage only in those Alcoholic Liquor transactions expressly authorized by such License and only at those specific places or areas designated in said License. Section 18 Limitation of the Commission’s Powers. The Commission’s powers under this Code shall be limited as follows: (a) The Commission may only issue a License permitting the Sale of Alcoholic Liquor on those areas of the Reservation where such activities have been authorized by the Tribal Council. (b) In the exercise of its powers and duties under this Code, the Commission and its individual members shall be subject to the Pokagon Band Code of Ethics. Section 19 Classes of Licenses. The Commission shall have the authority to issue any one or more of the following classes of Licenses within the Reservation: (a) ‘‘Retail on-sale general License’’ means a License authorizing the Applicant to sell Alcoholic Liquor at E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 86006 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices retail to be consumed by the buyer only on the premises or at the location designated in the License. This class includes, without limitation, hotels where Alcoholic Liquor may be sold for consumption on the premises and in the rooms of bona fide registered guests. (b) ‘‘Retail on-sale Beer and Wine License’’ means a License authorizing the Applicant to sell Beer and Wine at retail to be consumed by the buyer only on the premises or at the location designated in the License. This class includes, without limitation, hotels where Beer and/or Wine may be sold for consumption on the premises and in the rooms of bona fide registered guests. (c) ‘‘Retail off-sale general License’’ means a License authorizing the Applicant to sell Alcoholic Liquor at retail to be consumed by the buyer off of the premises or at a location other than the one designated in the License. (d) ‘‘Retail off-sale Beer and Wine License’’ means a License authorizing the Applicant to sell Beer and Wine at retail to be consumed by the buyer off of the premises or at a location other than the one designated in the License. (e) ‘‘Manufacturer’s License’’ means a License authorizing the Applicant to manufacture Alcoholic Liquor for the purpose of Sale on the Reservation. (f) ‘‘Temporary License’’ means a License authorizing the Sale of Alcoholic Liquor on a temporary basis for premises temporarily occupied by the Licensee for a picnic, social gathering, or similar occasion. The Commission may, by appropriate Commission action, limit or restrict the number of Licenses issued or in effect in its sole discretion. Section 20 Application Form and Content. An application for a License shall be made to the Commission and shall contain the following information: (a) The name and address of the Licensee, including the names and addresses of all of the principal officers and directors, and other employees with primary management responsibility related to the Sale of Alcoholic Liquor; (b) The specific area, location, and/or premise(s) sought to be licensed; (c) The class of License applied for (e.g., retail on-sale general License, etc.); (d) Whether a state Alcoholic Liquor license has been issued to the Applicant; (e) A sworn statement by the Applicant to the effect that none of the Applicant’s officers and directors, and employees with primary management responsibility related to the Sale of Alcoholic Liquor were ever convicted of a felony under any law and have not violated and will not violate or cause or VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 permit to be violated any of the provisions of this Code; and (f) The application shall be verified under oath and notarized by a duly authorized representative. Section 21 Transfer of License. Each License issued or renewed under this Code is separate and distinct and is transferable from one Licensee to another and/or from one premise to another only with the approval of the Gaming Commission. The Commission shall have the authority to approve, deny, or approve with conditions any application for the transfer of any License. The transfer application shall contain all of the information required of an original Applicant under Section 20 of this Code and shall be signed by both the Licensee and transferee. In the case of a transfer to a new premises, the application shall contain an exact description of the location where the Alcoholic Liquor is proposed to be sold. Section 22 Term and Renewal of License. All Licenses shall be issued on a calendar year basis and shall be renewed annually. The Applicant shall renew a License by, prior to the License’s expiration date, submitting a written renewal application to the Gaming Commission on the provided form, and paying the annual License fee for the next year. Section 23 Investigation. Upon receipt of an application for the issuance, renewal, or transfer of a License, the Gaming Commission shall make a thorough investigation to determine whether the Applicant and the premises for which a License is applied for qualify for a License. The Commission shall investigate all matters related to the eligibility of the Applicant and the premises for a License under the requirements of this Code, including matters that may affect public health, safety, or welfare. The Commission shall specifically conclude whether the provisions of this Code have been complied with by the Applicant and the premises. Section 24 Public Hearing. Upon receipt of an application for issuance or transfer of a License, and the payment of all fees required under this Code, the Gaming Commission shall set the matter for a public hearing. A hearing shall not be required for a License renewal unless required by the Commission in its discretion based on information provided in the Applicant’s renewal application indicating that there has been a material change in the Applicant’s ownership or control or based on other matters that may affect the Applicant’s continued eligibility for a License. Notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be given at least PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 twenty (20) calendar days before the hearing to the Applicant by United States mail, postage prepaid, at the address listed in the application or any other reasonable method adopted by the Commission. The Commission shall also provide notice to the public of the time, place, and purpose of the hearing by publication in a Tribal newspaper, a newspaper of general circulation sold on the Reservation, public posting or other reasonable method. The public notice shall include the name of the Applicant, whether the action involves a new issuance, renewal, or transfer, the class of License applied for, and a general description of the area where the Alcoholic Liquor will be or has been sold. The hearing shall be conducted before the Gaming Commission under such rules of procedure as it may adopt. The Gaming Commission shall hear from any Person who wishes to speak for or against the application, subject to such limitations as the Commission may issue in the course of the hearing regarding the length, relevance, or repetitiveness of each speaker’s testimony. Section 25 Gaming Commission Action on the Application. The Gaming Commission shall act on the matter within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of the public hearing. The Commission shall have the authority to deny, approve, or approve the application with conditions. Upon approval of an application, the Commission shall issue a License to the Applicant in a form to be approved from time to time by the Commission. Solely for purposes of this Section and Section 26, the term ‘‘Applicant’’ includes a Licensee that applies for a License renewal and a Licensee and the proposed transferee that apply for a License transfer. Section 26 Denial of License, Renewal, or Transfer. An application for a new License, License renewal, or License transfer may be denied for one or more of the following reasons: (a) The Applicant has materially misrepresented facts contained in the application; (b) The Applicant is presently not in compliance with Tribal or federal laws; (c) Granting of the License (or renewal or transfer thereof) would create a threat to the peace, safety, morals, health, or welfare of the Tribe; (d) The Applicant has failed to complete the application properly or has failed to tender the appropriate fee; or (e) A plea, verdict, or judgment of guilty, or the plea of nolo contendere by an Applicant’s officer or director, or an employee with primary management responsibility related to the Sale of E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices Alcoholic Liquor, to any offense under any federal or state law prohibiting or regulating the Sale, use, possession, or giving away of Alcoholic Liquor; or (f) The Applicant has a suspended or revoked state Alcoholic Liquor license. Section 27 Temporary Denial. If the application is denied solely on the basis of subsections 26(b) or 26(d), the Gaming Commission shall, within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the application, issue a written notice of temporary denial to the Applicant. Such notice shall set forth the reasons for denial and shall state that the denial will become permanent if the problem(s) is not corrected within fifteen (15) days following receipt of the notice. Section 28 Multiple Locations. Each License shall be issued to a specific Licensee. Separate Licenses shall be issued for each of the premises of any business establishment having more than one address. Section 29 Posting of License. Every Licensee shall post and keep posted its License(s) in a conspicuous place(s) on the licensed premises. Section 30 Suspension or Revocation of License. Any one of the following actions or inactions by a Licensee shall constitute grounds for the suspension or revocation of a License: (a) Material misrepresentation of facts contained in any License application; (b) Not in compliance with Tribal or federal laws; (c) Failure to comply with any condition of the License, including failure to pay a required fee; (d) A plea, verdict, or judgment of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere to any offense under federal or state law prohibiting or regulating the Sale, use, possession, or giving away of Alcoholic Liquor entered against one of its officers, directors, or employees with primary management responsibility related to the Sale of Alcoholic Liquor; (e) Failure to take reasonable steps to correct objectionable conditions constituting a nuisance on the licensed premises or any adjacent area within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice to make such corrections has been received from the Commission or its authorized representative; or (f) Suspension or revocation of the Licensee’s state Alcoholic Liquor license. Section 31 Initiation of Suspension or Revocation Proceedings. Suspension or revocation proceedings are initiated by the Gaming Commission either: (a) On the Commission’s own initiative through adoption of a resolution that sets forth allegations that if substantiated, would provide grounds VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 under this Code for the Commission to suspend or revoke the License(s); or (b) based on a signed request by any Person and filed with the Commission that alleges facts that would, if substantiated, provide grounds under this Code for the Commission to suspend or revoke the License(s). The Gaming Commission shall cause the matter to be set for a hearing before the Commission on a date not later than thirty (30) days from the Commission’s adoption of the resolution or its receipt of a request. Notice of the time, date, and place of the hearing shall be given the Licensee and the public in the same manner as set forth in Section 24. The notice shall state that the Licensee has the right to file a written response, verified under oath and signed by the Licensee, five (5) days prior to the hearing date. If the Gaming Commission determines that the grounds for suspension or revocation of a License are supported by reliable evidence and that such grounds pose a substantial risk of imminent harm to the health, welfare, or safety of the public, the Gaming Commission may immediately suspend such License provided that such emergency suspension may not exceed three (3) calendar days without a hearing. Section 32 Hearing. The hearing shall be held before the Gaming Commission under such rules of procedure as it may adopt. Both the Licensee and the Person filing the request may present witnesses to testify and to present written documents in support of their positions to the Gaming Commission. The Gaming Commission may issue limitations in the course of the hearing regarding the length, relevance, or repetitiveness of each witness’s testimony. The Gaming Commission shall render its decision within sixty (60) days after the date of the hearing. The decision of the Gaming Commission shall be final. Section 33 Delivery of License. A Licensee, upon suspension or revocation of such License, shall promptly return the License to the Gaming Commission. In cases involving suspension, the Gaming Commission shall return the License to the Licensee at the expiration or termination of the suspension period, with a memorandum of the suspension written or stamped upon the face thereof in red ink. Section 34 General Penalties. Any Person adjudged to be in violation of this Code, including any lawful regulation promulgated pursuant thereto, shall be subject to a civil fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each such violation. The Gaming Commission may adopt by PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 86007 resolution a separate schedule for fines for each type of violation, taking into account the seriousness and threat the violation may pose to the general health and welfare. Such schedule may also provide, in the case of repeated violations, for imposition of monetary penalties greater than the five hundred dollar ($500.00) limitation set forth above. The penalties provided for herein shall be in addition to any criminal penalties that may be imposed under applicable law. Section 35 Initiation of Action. Any violation of this Code shall constitute a public nuisance. The Gaming Commission, on behalf of and in the name of the Tribe, may initiate and maintain an action in Tribal Court to abate and permanently enjoin any nuisance declared under this Code. Any action taken under this section shall be in addition to any other penalties provided for in this Code. The plaintiff shall not be required to give bond in this action. Section 36 Inspection. Immediately upon the request of a law enforcement officer or a Commission investigator empowered to enforce this Code and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder, a Licensee shall make the licensed premises available for inspection and search during regular business hours or when the licensed premises are occupied by the Licensee, including the Licensee’s employees and agents. Section 37 Contraband; Seizure; Forfeiture. (a) All Alcoholic Liquor within the Reservation held, owned, or possessed by any Person or Licensee operating in violation of this Code is hereby declared to be contraband and subject to forfeiture to the Tribe. (b) Within three (3) weeks following the seizure of the contraband, a hearing shall be held by the Gaming Commission, at which time the operator or owner of the contraband shall be given an opportunity to present evidence in defense of his or her activities. (c) Notice of the hearing shall be given to the Person from whom the property was seized, if known prior to hearing. If the Person is unknown, notice of the hearing shall be posted at the place where the contraband was seized and at other public places on the Reservation. The notice shall describe the property seized, and the time, place, and cause of seizure and give the name and place of residence, if known, of the Person from whom the property was seized. (d) If upon hearing, the evidence warrants, or if no Person appears as a claimant, the Gaming Commission shall E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 86008 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices thereupon enter a determination of forfeiture and order such contraband sold or destroyed forthwith. Section 38 Disposition of Proceeds. The gross proceeds collected by the Commission from licensing shall be distributed as follows: (a) First, to the Commission for the payment of all necessary personnel, administrative costs, and legal fees for the administration of the provisions of this Code; and (b) Second, to the Tribe any remainder. Section 39 Appeals. Appeals under this Code may only be brought in the Pokagon Band Tribal Court by an Applicant or a Licensee to: (a) Challenge a final Gaming Commission decision to deny a License, to deny an application to renew or transfer a License, or to revoke a License; or (b) to compel a Gaming Commission decision or action unreasonably delayed or unlawfully withheld more than sixty (60) days beyond any mandatory time limit established by law. The Tribal Court shall hold unlawful and set aside any Gaming Commission decision it finds to be arbitrary, not in accordance with law, in excess of statutory authority, or unsupported by substantial evidence in the record. The Tribal Court shall give deference to the Gaming Commission’s reasonable interpretations of this Code and any rules or regulations promulgated hereunder. Section 40 License Not a Property Right. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, a License is a mere permit for a fixed duration of time. A License shall not be deemed a property right or vested right of any kind, nor shall the granting of a License give rise to a presumption of legal entitlement to the granting of such License for a subsequent time period. Section 41 Savings Clause. In the event any provision of this Code shall be found or declared to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, all of the remaining provisions of this Code shall be unaffected and shall remain in full force and effect. Section 42 Effective Date. The effective date of this Code is the date that the Secretary of the Interior publishes the same in the Federal Register. Section 43 Prior Inconsistent Acts. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 229 (Tuesday, November 29, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice publishes the liquor control code of the Pokagon 
Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana (the Band). The liquor 
control code regulates and controls the possession, sale, manufacture, 
and distribution of alcohol in conformity with the laws of the State of 
Indiana.

DATES: This code will only become effective if and when the Band's 
pending trust applications for land in Indiana are approved and the 
transfer to trust status is complete.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Rebecca J. Smith, Tribal Relations 
Specialist, Eastern Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 545 
Marriott Drive, Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee 37214, Telephone: (615) 
564-6711, Fax: (615) 564-6701; or the Eastern Regional Office, Bureau 
of Indian Affairs, Telephone: (615) 564-6500.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Act of August 15, 1953, 
Public Law 83-277, 67 Stat. 586, 18 U.S.C. 1161, as interpreted by the 
Supreme Court in Rice v. Rehner, 463 U.S. 713 (1983), the Secretary of 
the Interior shall certify and publish in the Federal Register notice 
of adopted liquor control codes for the purpose of regulating liquor 
transactions in Indian country. The Tribal Council of the Pokagon Band 
of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana duly adopted the Pokagon 
Band Liquor Control Code (Indiana) on November 2, 2015, and 
subsequently amended it by resolution on July 26, 2016.

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    This notice is published in accordance with the authority delegated 
by the Secretary of the Interior to the Assistant Secretary-Indian 
Affairs. I certify that the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, 
Michigan and Indiana Tribal Council duly adopted by Resolution the 
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana, Liquor 
Control Code (Indiana), enacted November 2, 2015 by Res. No. 15-11-02-
05 and amended July 26, 2016 by Res. No. 16-07-26-13 to clarify 
language in section 7 and subsection 8(f) and to correct organizational 
errors.

    Dated: November 18, 2016.
Lawrence S. Roberts,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana Liquor Control 
Code (Indiana)

    Section 1 Legislative Findings.
    The Pokagon Band Tribal Council hereby finds as follows:
    (a) The importations, distribution, manufacture, and Sale of 
Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes on the Tribe's Reservation is 
a matter of special concern to the Tribe.
    (b) Federal law as embodied in 18 U.S.C. 1161 provides that certain 
sections of the United States Code, commonly referred to as Federal 
Indian Liquor Laws, shall not apply to any act or transaction within 
any area of Indian country, provided such act or transaction is in 
conformity with both the laws of the state in which such act or 
transaction occurs, and with an act duly adopted by the tribe having 
jurisdiction over such area of Indian country.
    Section 2 Declaration of Policy.
    (a) The Council hereby declares that the policy of the Tribe is to 
eliminate the problems associated with unlicensed, unregulated, and 
unlawful importation, distribution, manufacture, and Sale of Alcoholic 
Liquor for commercial purposes on the Tribe's Reservation, and to 
promote temperance in the use and consumption of Alcoholic Liquor by 
establishing and enforcing Tribal regulation over such activities on 
the Reservation.
    (b) The importation, distribution, manufacture, and Sale of 
Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes on the Reservation shall be 
lawful, provided that such activity is conducted by the Tribe or by an 
authorized Tribal Enterprise, and is in conformity with this Code. Such 
conditions are necessary to increase the Tribe's ability to control and 
regulate the distribution, Sale, and possession of Alcoholic Liquor, 
while at the same time provide an important and necessary source of 
revenue for continued operation of the Tribal government and delivery 
of Tribal governmental services.
    Section 3 Authority. The Council has authority to adopt this Liquor 
Control Code (``Code'') pursuant to the authority and powers vested in 
it by Article IX, subsections 2(a), 2(e), 2(i), and 2(j), of the Tribal 
Constitution and the inherent authority of the Band as a sovereign 
tribal nation to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the 
Pokagon Band. Further, the Supreme Court held in United States v. 
Mazurie, 419 U.S. 544 (1975), that Congress through 18 U.S.C. 1161 
delegated to Indian tribes authority to control the introduction, 
distribution, and consumption of Alcoholic Liquor within Indian 
country.
    Section 4 Short Title. This Code shall be known and cited as the 
``Pokagon Band Liquor Control Code (Indiana)''.
    Section 5 Scope and Purpose.
    (a) The scope of this Code is limited to the areas of Indian 
country located in the State of Indiana over which the Tribe exercises 
jurisdiction. The Pokagon Band Liquor Control Code enacted by the 
Tribal Council on September 9, 2006 by adoption of Resolution No. 06-
09-09-12, which was certified by the Secretary of the Interior and 
published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2007 (72 FR 
2545)(``Liquor Control Code (Michigan)''), applies solely to the areas 
of Indian country located in the State of Michigan over which the Tribe 
exercises jurisdiction. This Code shall have no application to any 
areas of Indian country located in the State of Michigan.
    (b) The purpose of this Code is to prohibit the importation, 
manufacture, distribution, and Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for commercial 
purposes on the Reservation except pursuant to a License issued by the 
Commission under the provisions of this Code and other Tribal laws.
    Section 6 Application of 18 U.S.C. 1161. The importation, 
manufacture, distribution, and Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for commercial 
purposes on the Reservation shall be ``in conformity with'' this Code 
and the laws of the State of Indiana as that phrase is used in 18 
U.S.C. 1161.
    Section 7 Incorporation by Reference of Indiana Laws.
    (a) In accordance with 18 U.S.C. 1161, the Tribe hereby adopts and 
applies as Tribal law those Indiana laws, as amended, relating to the 
Sale and regulation of Alcoholic Liquor encompassing the following 
areas: Sale to a minor; Sale to a visibly intoxicated individual; Sale 
of adulterated or misbranded liquor; hours of operation; and similar 
substantive provisions, including such other laws prohibiting the Sale 
of Alcoholic Liquor to certain categories of individuals. Said Tribal 
laws which are defined by reference to the substantive areas of Indiana 
laws referred to in this section shall apply in the same manner and to 
the same extent as such laws apply elsewhere in Indiana to off-
Reservation transactions unless otherwise agreed by the Tribe and 
State; provided, that nothing in this Code shall be construed as a 
consent by the Tribe to the jurisdiction of the State of Indiana or any 
of its, agencies, courts or subordinate political subdivisions or 
municipalities within the Reservation over any activity arising under 
or related to the subject of this Code nor shall anything in this Code 
constitute an express or implied waiver of the sovereign immunity of 
the Tribe.
    (b) In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between ``adopted 
and applied'' Indiana laws and this Code, the provisions of this Code 
shall govern to the extent allowed under 18 U.S.C. 1161.
    (c) Whenever such Indiana laws are incorporated herein by 
reference, amendments by the State thereto shall also be deemed to be 
incorporated upon their effective date in the State of Indiana without 
further action by the Tribal Council.
    Section 8 General Provisions.
    (a) Sales Limited To Permitted Hours. No Alcoholic Liquor shall be 
sold, served, or allowed to be consumed on any premises licensed under 
this Code other than during the hours permitted by Tribal law and the 
License.
    (b) Sale to Obviously Intoxicated Person. It shall be a violation 
of this Code to sell or furnish for consumption on the licensed 
premises any Alcoholic Liquor to any person who is obviously 
intoxicated at the time. As used in this subsection, ``obviously 
intoxicated'' means inebriated to the extent that a person's physical 
faculties are substantially impaired and the impairment is shown by 
significantly uncoordinated physical action or significant physical 
dysfunction that would have been obvious to a reasonable person.
    (c) Distribution off premises. No Person licensed under this Code 
shall distribute or deliver any Alcoholic Liquor off the premises 
described in the License.
    (d) Sale or possession with intent to sell without a License. Any 
Person who shall sell or offer for Sale or distribute

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or transport in any manner, any Alcoholic Liquor in violation of this 
Code, or who shall have Alcoholic Liquor in his possession with intent 
to sell or distribute on the Reservation without a License issued 
pursuant to this Code shall be guilty of a violation of this Code.
    (e) Purchases from other than Licensed entities or premises. Any 
Person who, on the Reservation or within its boundaries, buys Alcoholic 
Liquor from any Person other than a licensed entity or premises shall 
be guilty of a violation of this Code.
    (f) Consumption or possession of Alcoholic Liquor by persons under 
21 years of age. No person under the age of 21 years shall consume or 
Purchase any Alcoholic Liquor on the Reservation or within its 
boundaries. No person under the age of 21 years shall have for personal 
consumption any Alcoholic Liquor in his or her possession on the 
Reservation or within its boundaries. No Person shall permit any person 
under the age of 21 years to consume Alcoholic Liquor on his or her 
premises or any premises under his or her control except as expressly 
permitted under this Code. Upon any attempt to Purchase Alcoholic 
Liquor on a premises licensed under this Code by a person who appears 
to be younger than twenty-one (21) years of age, the vendor shall 
demand, and the prospective purchaser upon such demand shall display, 
satisfactory evidence that he or she is of legal age. Any Person 
violating this Section shall be guilty of a separate violation of this 
Code for each and every Alcoholic Liquor beverage consumed, acquired, 
or possessed.
    (g) Sales of Alcoholic Liquor to persons under 21 years of age. It 
shall be a violation of this Code to sell or furnish any Alcoholic 
Liquor to a person unless that person has attained 21 years of age. 
Persons selling Alcoholic Liquor shall make a diligent inquiry as to 
whether the purchaser is at least 21 years of age. For purposes of this 
subsection, the term ``diligent inquiry'' means a diligent, good faith 
effort to determine the age of the purchaser, which includes at least 
an examination of such person's personal identification to establish 
the identity and age of the purchaser. Any Person who shall sell or 
provide Alcoholic Liquor to any person under the age of 21 years shall 
be guilty of a violation of this Code for every Sale or drink provided.
    (h) Transfer of identification to a minor. Any person who transfers 
in any manner an identification of age to a minor for the purpose of 
permitting such minor to obtain Alcoholic Liquor shall be guilty of an 
offense; provided that corroborative testimony of a witness other than 
the minor shall be required for any finding of a violation of this 
Code.
    (i) Use of False or Altered Identification. Any person who attempts 
to Purchase an Alcoholic liquor beverage through the use of a false or 
altered identification shall be guilty of violating this Code.
    (j) Acceptable Identification. Where there may be a question of a 
person's right to Purchase Alcoholic Liquor by reason of his or her 
age, such person shall be required to present identification in one of 
the following forms that displays his or her correct age, signature and 
photograph:
    (1) A driver's license or identification card issued by any state 
or U.S. territory;
    (2) United States active duty military ID;
    (3) A passport issued by the United States or any foreign country; 
or
    (4) A Tribal identification card or other tribal identification 
card recognized by the Commission.
    (k) Sale of Adulterated or Mislabeled Alcoholic Liquor. It shall be 
a violation of this Code for any Person, by himself or by his agent or 
employee, to sell, offer for Sale, or possess any Alcoholic Liquor that 
is adulterated or misbranded or any Alcoholic Liquor in bottles that 
have been refilled. For the purposes of this Section, Alcoholic Liquor 
shall be deemed adulterated if it contains any liquids or other 
ingredients not placed there by the original Manufacturer or bottler. 
For the purposes of this Section, Alcoholic Liquor shall be deemed 
misbranded when not plainly labeled, marked or otherwise designated. 
For the purposes of this section, Alcoholic Liquor bottles shall be 
deemed to be refilled when the bottles contain any liquid or other 
ingredient not placed in the bottles by the original Manufacturer.
    Section 9 Administration of Code. The Gaming Commission shall 
exercise all of the powers and accomplish all of the purposes as set 
forth in this Code, including the following actions:
    (a) Adopt and enforce rules and regulations for the purpose of 
implementing and enforcing this Code, which includes the setting of 
fees, provided that the Gaming Commission shall provide a minimum 
public notice and opportunity to comment of sixty (60) days on any 
proposed rule or regulation before such rule or regulation becomes 
final and enforceable;
    (b) Execute all necessary documents; and
    (c) Perform all matters and things incidental to and necessary to 
conduct its business and carry out its duties and functions under this 
Code.
    Section 10 Applicability Within the Reservation. This Code shall 
apply to all Persons on or within the boundaries of the Reservation, 
consistent with applicable federal laws.
    Section 11 Definitions. For the purposes of this Code, words in the 
present tense include the future; the masculine includes the feminine; 
the singular includes the plural; and the plural includes the singular. 
The word ``shall'' is mandatory and the word ``may'' is permissive. In 
construing the provisions of this Code, the following words or phrases 
shall have the meaning designated unless a different meaning is 
expressly provided or the context clearly indicates otherwise:
    (a) ``Alcohol'' means the compound C2H5OH, known as ethyl alcohol, 
hydrated oxide of ethyl, or spirits of wine, from whatever source or by 
whatever process produced.
    (b) ``Alcoholic Liquor'' means any spirituous, vinous, malt, or 
fermented liquor, liquids and compounds, whether or not medicated, 
proprietary, patented, and by whatever name called, containing one half 
of one percent (0.5%) or more of Alcohol by volume which is fit for use 
for beverage purposes and human consumption. The term Alcoholic Liquor 
does not include industrial alcohol.
    (c) ``Applicant'' means any Person who submits an application to 
the Gaming Commission for a License and who has not yet received such a 
License.
    (d) ``Beer'' means an Alcoholic Liquor obtained by the fermentation 
of an infusion or decoction of barley malt or other cereal and hops in 
water.
    (e) ``Brandy'' means (1) an Alcoholic Liquor as defined in the 
federal regulations, 27 CFR 5.22(d) (1980) or any successor federal 
law; or (2) a beverage product that otherwise meets the Indiana 
statutory definition of ``brandy''.
    (f) ``Commission'' and ``Gaming Commission'' means the Pokagon Band 
Gaming Commission first established by the Pokagon Band Gaming 
Regulatory Act, as amended.
    (g) ``Constitution'' and ``Tribal Constitution'' means the 
Constitution of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan and 
Indiana, adopted on November 1, 2005 and approved by the Secretary of 
the Interior on December 16, 2005, including all subsequent amendments 
ratified and approved pursuant to Tribal and federal law.
    (h) ``Council'' and ``Tribal Council'' means the elected Tribal 
Council of the

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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians acting as the governing body of the 
Tribe pursuant to the Tribe's Constitution.
    (i) ``License'' means an Alcoholic Liquor license issued by the 
Gaming Commission under the provisions of this Code authorizing the 
importation, manufacture, distribution, or Sale of Alcoholic Liquor for 
commercial purposes on or within the Reservation consistent with 
federal law.
    (j) ``Licensee'' means any holder of a License issued by the Gaming 
Commission pursuant to this Code and includes any employee or agent of 
the Licensee.
    (k) ``Manufacturer'' means any Person engaged in the manufacture of 
Alcoholic Liquor.
    (l) ``Mixed Drink'' means any drink prepared with one or more 
Alcoholic Liquors or other beverage containing Alcohol, provided that: 
(1) The mixed drink is served from the vessel in which it was prepared 
and (2) the Alcoholic Liquor used in the preparation of the mixed drink 
is drawn directly from the original container in which the Alcoholic 
Liquor was contained and is poured directly into the vessel in which 
the mixed drink is to be prepared.
    (m) ``Person'' means:
    (1) a natural individual, whether Indian or non-Indian;
    (2) an Indian tribe, band, or group, whether recognized by the 
United States or otherwise, including any Tribal Enterprise and 
Licensee
    (3) a firm;
    (4) a corporation or joint corporation;
    (5) a partnership or limited partnership;
    (6) a limited liability company;
    (7) an incorporated or unincorporated association, society, or any 
group of individuals acting as a unit, whether mutual, cooperative, 
fraternal, non-profit, or otherwise; or
    (8) a receiver, assignee, trustee in bankruptcy, trust estate or 
other legal entity; whether acting by themselves or by a servant, an 
agent, or an employee.
    (n) ``Purchase'' means to acquire, by Sale or otherwise, individual 
possession, ownership, or rights to goods or services.
    (o) ``Reservation'' means: Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 1300j-5 or other 
applicable federal law, (i) all lands located within the State of 
Indiana, the title to which is held in trust by the United States for 
the benefit of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians; and (ii) all 
lands located within the State of Indiana that are proclaimed by the 
Secretary of the Interior to be part of the Tribe's reservation. The 
term Reservation includes any rights-of-way running through the 
Reservation.
    (p) ``Secretary of the Interior'' means the Secretary of the United 
States Department of the Interior.
    (q) ``Sacramental Wine'' means Wine containing not more than 
twenty-four percent (24%) of Alcohol by volume and is used for 
sacramental purposes.
    (r) ``Sale'' means the exchange, barter, traffic, furnishing, or 
giving away for commercial purposes of possession, ownership, or rights 
to goods or services.
    (s) ``Tribal Court'' means the Tribal Court of the Pokagon Band of 
Potawatomi Indians.
    (t) ``Tribal Enterprise'' means the Tribe or any activity or 
business owned, managed, or controlled by the Tribe or any agency, 
subordinate organization, or other entity of the Tribe, where the 
organic documents establishing such enterprise expressly allow for the 
Sale of Alcoholic Liquor.
    (u) ``Tribal Law'' means the Tribal Constitution and all laws, 
acts, codes, and resolutions now and hereafter duly enacted by the 
Tribal Council and any rules or regulations duly promulgated by the 
Gaming Commission pursuant to this Code.
    (v) ``Tribe'' means, and ``Tribal'' refers to, the Pokagon Band of 
Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana.
    (w) ``Wine'' means the product made by the normal alcoholic 
fermentation of the juice of sound, ripe grapes, or any other fruit 
with the usual cellar treatment, and containing not more than twenty-
one percent (21%) of Alcohol by volume, including hard cider and other 
fermented fruit juices other than grapes and mixed wine drinks.
    Section 12 Interpretation and Findings. The Gaming Commission in 
the first instance may interpret any ambiguities contained in this 
Code.
    Section 13 Liberal Construction. The provisions of this Code shall 
be liberally construed to achieve the purposes set forth, whether 
clearly stated or apparent from the context of the language used 
herein.
    Section 14 Computation of Time. Unless otherwise provided in this 
Code, in computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by this 
Code, the day of the act, event or default from which the designated 
period time begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the 
period so computed shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, a 
Sunday, or a legal holiday, in which event the period runs until the 
end of the next day which is not a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal 
holiday. For the purposes of this Code, the term ``legal holiday'' 
shall mean all legal holidays under Tribal Law.
    Section 15 Prohibition of Unlicensed Sale of Alcoholic Liquor. This 
Code prohibits the importation, manufacture, distribution, or Sale of 
Alcoholic Liquor for commercial purposes other than where conducted by 
a Tribal Enterprise in accordance with this Code. No License shall be 
issued to any Person other than a Tribal Enterprise. The federal liquor 
laws are intended to remain applicable to any act or transaction that 
is not authorized by this Code, and violators shall be subject to 
federal law. Consistent with United States v. Wheeler, 435 U.S. 313 
(1978), nothing shall prevent both federal and Tribal jurisdiction to 
enforce this Code.
    Section 16 Sales of Alcoholic Liquor.
    (a) Sales for Cash. All Alcoholic Liquor Sales on the Reservation 
or within its boundaries shall be on a cash or cash equivalent basis, 
including the use of ATM cards, debit cards, checks, major credit 
cards, or other instruments approved by the Gaming Commission.
    (b) Sales for Personal Consumption. All Alcoholic Liquor Sales 
shall be for the personal use and consumption by the purchaser. Resale 
of any Alcoholic Liquor Purchased on the Reservation or within its 
boundaries is prohibited. Any Person not licensed pursuant to this Code 
who Purchases Alcoholic Liquor on the Reservation and sells it, whether 
in the original container or not, shall be guilty of a violation of 
this Code.
    Section 17 Authorization to Sell Alcoholic Liquor. Any Tribal 
Enterprise applying for and obtaining a License under the provisions of 
this Code shall have the right to engage only in those Alcoholic Liquor 
transactions expressly authorized by such License and only at those 
specific places or areas designated in said License.
    Section 18 Limitation of the Commission's Powers. The Commission's 
powers under this Code shall be limited as follows:
    (a) The Commission may only issue a License permitting the Sale of 
Alcoholic Liquor on those areas of the Reservation where such 
activities have been authorized by the Tribal Council.
    (b) In the exercise of its powers and duties under this Code, the 
Commission and its individual members shall be subject to the Pokagon 
Band Code of Ethics.
    Section 19 Classes of Licenses. The Commission shall have the 
authority to issue any one or more of the following classes of Licenses 
within the Reservation:
    (a) ``Retail on-sale general License'' means a License authorizing 
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retail to be consumed by the buyer only on the premises or at the 
location designated in the License. This class includes, without 
limitation, hotels where Alcoholic Liquor may be sold for consumption 
on the premises and in the rooms of bona fide registered guests.
    (b) ``Retail on-sale Beer and Wine License'' means a License 
authorizing the Applicant to sell Beer and Wine at retail to be 
consumed by the buyer only on the premises or at the location 
designated in the License. This class includes, without limitation, 
hotels where Beer and/or Wine may be sold for consumption on the 
premises and in the rooms of bona fide registered guests.
    (c) ``Retail off-sale general License'' means a License authorizing 
the Applicant to sell Alcoholic Liquor at retail to be consumed by the 
buyer off of the premises or at a location other than the one 
designated in the License.
    (d) ``Retail off-sale Beer and Wine License'' means a License 
authorizing the Applicant to sell Beer and Wine at retail to be 
consumed by the buyer off of the premises or at a location other than 
the one designated in the License.
    (e) ``Manufacturer's License'' means a License authorizing the 
Applicant to manufacture Alcoholic Liquor for the purpose of Sale on 
the Reservation.
    (f) ``Temporary License'' means a License authorizing the Sale of 
Alcoholic Liquor on a temporary basis for premises temporarily occupied 
by the Licensee for a picnic, social gathering, or similar occasion. 
The Commission may, by appropriate Commission action, limit or restrict 
the number of Licenses issued or in effect in its sole discretion.
    Section 20 Application Form and Content. An application for a 
License shall be made to the Commission and shall contain the following 
information:
    (a) The name and address of the Licensee, including the names and 
addresses of all of the principal officers and directors, and other 
employees with primary management responsibility related to the Sale of 
Alcoholic Liquor;
    (b) The specific area, location, and/or premise(s) sought to be 
licensed;
    (c) The class of License applied for (e.g., retail on-sale general 
License, etc.);
    (d) Whether a state Alcoholic Liquor license has been issued to the 
Applicant;
    (e) A sworn statement by the Applicant to the effect that none of 
the Applicant's officers and directors, and employees with primary 
management responsibility related to the Sale of Alcoholic Liquor were 
ever convicted of a felony under any law and have not violated and will 
not violate or cause or permit to be violated any of the provisions of 
this Code; and
    (f) The application shall be verified under oath and notarized by a 
duly authorized representative.
    Section 21 Transfer of License. Each License issued or renewed 
under this Code is separate and distinct and is transferable from one 
Licensee to another and/or from one premise to another only with the 
approval of the Gaming Commission. The Commission shall have the 
authority to approve, deny, or approve with conditions any application 
for the transfer of any License. The transfer application shall contain 
all of the information required of an original Applicant under Section 
20 of this Code and shall be signed by both the Licensee and 
transferee. In the case of a transfer to a new premises, the 
application shall contain an exact description of the location where 
the Alcoholic Liquor is proposed to be sold.
    Section 22 Term and Renewal of License. All Licenses shall be 
issued on a calendar year basis and shall be renewed annually. The 
Applicant shall renew a License by, prior to the License's expiration 
date, submitting a written renewal application to the Gaming Commission 
on the provided form, and paying the annual License fee for the next 
year.
    Section 23 Investigation. Upon receipt of an application for the 
issuance, renewal, or transfer of a License, the Gaming Commission 
shall make a thorough investigation to determine whether the Applicant 
and the premises for which a License is applied for qualify for a 
License. The Commission shall investigate all matters related to the 
eligibility of the Applicant and the premises for a License under the 
requirements of this Code, including matters that may affect public 
health, safety, or welfare. The Commission shall specifically conclude 
whether the provisions of this Code have been complied with by the 
Applicant and the premises.
    Section 24 Public Hearing. Upon receipt of an application for 
issuance or transfer of a License, and the payment of all fees required 
under this Code, the Gaming Commission shall set the matter for a 
public hearing. A hearing shall not be required for a License renewal 
unless required by the Commission in its discretion based on 
information provided in the Applicant's renewal application indicating 
that there has been a material change in the Applicant's ownership or 
control or based on other matters that may affect the Applicant's 
continued eligibility for a License. Notice of the time and place of 
the hearing shall be given at least twenty (20) calendar days before 
the hearing to the Applicant by United States mail, postage prepaid, at 
the address listed in the application or any other reasonable method 
adopted by the Commission. The Commission shall also provide notice to 
the public of the time, place, and purpose of the hearing by 
publication in a Tribal newspaper, a newspaper of general circulation 
sold on the Reservation, public posting or other reasonable method. The 
public notice shall include the name of the Applicant, whether the 
action involves a new issuance, renewal, or transfer, the class of 
License applied for, and a general description of the area where the 
Alcoholic Liquor will be or has been sold. The hearing shall be 
conducted before the Gaming Commission under such rules of procedure as 
it may adopt. The Gaming Commission shall hear from any Person who 
wishes to speak for or against the application, subject to such 
limitations as the Commission may issue in the course of the hearing 
regarding the length, relevance, or repetitiveness of each speaker's 
testimony.
    Section 25 Gaming Commission Action on the Application. The Gaming 
Commission shall act on the matter within thirty (30) days of the 
conclusion of the public hearing. The Commission shall have the 
authority to deny, approve, or approve the application with conditions. 
Upon approval of an application, the Commission shall issue a License 
to the Applicant in a form to be approved from time to time by the 
Commission. Solely for purposes of this Section and Section 26, the 
term ``Applicant'' includes a Licensee that applies for a License 
renewal and a Licensee and the proposed transferee that apply for a 
License transfer.
    Section 26 Denial of License, Renewal, or Transfer. An application 
for a new License, License renewal, or License transfer may be denied 
for one or more of the following reasons:
    (a) The Applicant has materially misrepresented facts contained in 
the application;
    (b) The Applicant is presently not in compliance with Tribal or 
federal laws;
    (c) Granting of the License (or renewal or transfer thereof) would 
create a threat to the peace, safety, morals, health, or welfare of the 
Tribe;
    (d) The Applicant has failed to complete the application properly 
or has failed to tender the appropriate fee; or
    (e) A plea, verdict, or judgment of guilty, or the plea of nolo 
contendere by an Applicant's officer or director, or an employee with 
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Alcoholic Liquor, to any offense under any federal or state law 
prohibiting or regulating the Sale, use, possession, or giving away of 
Alcoholic Liquor; or
    (f) The Applicant has a suspended or revoked state Alcoholic Liquor 
license.
    Section 27 Temporary Denial. If the application is denied solely on 
the basis of subsections 26(b) or 26(d), the Gaming Commission shall, 
within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the application, issue a 
written notice of temporary denial to the Applicant. Such notice shall 
set forth the reasons for denial and shall state that the denial will 
become permanent if the problem(s) is not corrected within fifteen (15) 
days following receipt of the notice.
    Section 28 Multiple Locations. Each License shall be issued to a 
specific Licensee. Separate Licenses shall be issued for each of the 
premises of any business establishment having more than one address.
    Section 29 Posting of License. Every Licensee shall post and keep 
posted its License(s) in a conspicuous place(s) on the licensed 
premises.
    Section 30 Suspension or Revocation of License. Any one of the 
following actions or inactions by a Licensee shall constitute grounds 
for the suspension or revocation of a License:
    (a) Material misrepresentation of facts contained in any License 
application;
    (b) Not in compliance with Tribal or federal laws;
    (c) Failure to comply with any condition of the License, including 
failure to pay a required fee;
    (d) A plea, verdict, or judgment of guilty, or a plea of nolo 
contendere to any offense under federal or state law prohibiting or 
regulating the Sale, use, possession, or giving away of Alcoholic 
Liquor entered against one of its officers, directors, or employees 
with primary management responsibility related to the Sale of Alcoholic 
Liquor;
    (e) Failure to take reasonable steps to correct objectionable 
conditions constituting a nuisance on the licensed premises or any 
adjacent area within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice to 
make such corrections has been received from the Commission or its 
authorized representative; or
    (f) Suspension or revocation of the Licensee's state Alcoholic 
Liquor license.
    Section 31 Initiation of Suspension or Revocation Proceedings. 
Suspension or revocation proceedings are initiated by the Gaming 
Commission either:
    (a) On the Commission's own initiative through adoption of a 
resolution that sets forth allegations that if substantiated, would 
provide grounds under this Code for the Commission to suspend or revoke 
the License(s); or
    (b) based on a signed request by any Person and filed with the 
Commission that alleges facts that would, if substantiated, provide 
grounds under this Code for the Commission to suspend or revoke the 
License(s).
    The Gaming Commission shall cause the matter to be set for a 
hearing before the Commission on a date not later than thirty (30) days 
from the Commission's adoption of the resolution or its receipt of a 
request. Notice of the time, date, and place of the hearing shall be 
given the Licensee and the public in the same manner as set forth in 
Section 24. The notice shall state that the Licensee has the right to 
file a written response, verified under oath and signed by the 
Licensee, five (5) days prior to the hearing date.
    If the Gaming Commission determines that the grounds for suspension 
or revocation of a License are supported by reliable evidence and that 
such grounds pose a substantial risk of imminent harm to the health, 
welfare, or safety of the public, the Gaming Commission may immediately 
suspend such License provided that such emergency suspension may not 
exceed three (3) calendar days without a hearing.
    Section 32 Hearing. The hearing shall be held before the Gaming 
Commission under such rules of procedure as it may adopt. Both the 
Licensee and the Person filing the request may present witnesses to 
testify and to present written documents in support of their positions 
to the Gaming Commission. The Gaming Commission may issue limitations 
in the course of the hearing regarding the length, relevance, or 
repetitiveness of each witness's testimony. The Gaming Commission shall 
render its decision within sixty (60) days after the date of the 
hearing. The decision of the Gaming Commission shall be final.
    Section 33 Delivery of License. A Licensee, upon suspension or 
revocation of such License, shall promptly return the License to the 
Gaming Commission. In cases involving suspension, the Gaming Commission 
shall return the License to the Licensee at the expiration or 
termination of the suspension period, with a memorandum of the 
suspension written or stamped upon the face thereof in red ink.
    Section 34 General Penalties. Any Person adjudged to be in 
violation of this Code, including any lawful regulation promulgated 
pursuant thereto, shall be subject to a civil fine of not more than 
five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each such violation. The Gaming 
Commission may adopt by resolution a separate schedule for fines for 
each type of violation, taking into account the seriousness and threat 
the violation may pose to the general health and welfare. Such schedule 
may also provide, in the case of repeated violations, for imposition of 
monetary penalties greater than the five hundred dollar ($500.00) 
limitation set forth above. The penalties provided for herein shall be 
in addition to any criminal penalties that may be imposed under 
applicable law.
    Section 35 Initiation of Action. Any violation of this Code shall 
constitute a public nuisance. The Gaming Commission, on behalf of and 
in the name of the Tribe, may initiate and maintain an action in Tribal 
Court to abate and permanently enjoin any nuisance declared under this 
Code. Any action taken under this section shall be in addition to any 
other penalties provided for in this Code. The plaintiff shall not be 
required to give bond in this action.
    Section 36 Inspection. Immediately upon the request of a law 
enforcement officer or a Commission investigator empowered to enforce 
this Code and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder, a 
Licensee shall make the licensed premises available for inspection and 
search during regular business hours or when the licensed premises are 
occupied by the Licensee, including the Licensee's employees and 
agents.
    Section 37 Contraband; Seizure; Forfeiture.
    (a) All Alcoholic Liquor within the Reservation held, owned, or 
possessed by any Person or Licensee operating in violation of this Code 
is hereby declared to be contraband and subject to forfeiture to the 
Tribe.
    (b) Within three (3) weeks following the seizure of the contraband, 
a hearing shall be held by the Gaming Commission, at which time the 
operator or owner of the contraband shall be given an opportunity to 
present evidence in defense of his or her activities.
    (c) Notice of the hearing shall be given to the Person from whom 
the property was seized, if known prior to hearing. If the Person is 
unknown, notice of the hearing shall be posted at the place where the 
contraband was seized and at other public places on the Reservation. 
The notice shall describe the property seized, and the time, place, and 
cause of seizure and give the name and place of residence, if known, of 
the Person from whom the property was seized.
    (d) If upon hearing, the evidence warrants, or if no Person appears 
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thereupon enter a determination of forfeiture and order such contraband 
sold or destroyed forthwith.
    Section 38 Disposition of Proceeds. The gross proceeds collected by 
the Commission from licensing shall be distributed as follows:
    (a) First, to the Commission for the payment of all necessary 
personnel, administrative costs, and legal fees for the administration 
of the provisions of this Code; and
    (b) Second, to the Tribe any remainder.
    Section 39 Appeals. Appeals under this Code may only be brought in 
the Pokagon Band Tribal Court by an Applicant or a Licensee to:
    (a) Challenge a final Gaming Commission decision to deny a License, 
to deny an application to renew or transfer a License, or to revoke a 
License; or
    (b) to compel a Gaming Commission decision or action unreasonably 
delayed or unlawfully withheld more than sixty (60) days beyond any 
mandatory time limit established by law.
    The Tribal Court shall hold unlawful and set aside any Gaming 
Commission decision it finds to be arbitrary, not in accordance with 
law, in excess of statutory authority, or unsupported by substantial 
evidence in the record. The Tribal Court shall give deference to the 
Gaming Commission's reasonable interpretations of this Code and any 
rules or regulations promulgated hereunder.
    Section 40 License Not a Property Right. Notwithstanding any other 
provision of this Code, a License is a mere permit for a fixed duration 
of time. A License shall not be deemed a property right or vested right 
of any kind, nor shall the granting of a License give rise to a 
presumption of legal entitlement to the granting of such License for a 
subsequent time period.
    Section 41 Savings Clause. In the event any provision of this Code 
shall be found or declared to be invalid by a court of competent 
jurisdiction, all of the remaining provisions of this Code shall be 
unaffected and shall remain in full force and effect.
    Section 42 Effective Date. The effective date of this Code is the 
date that the Secretary of the Interior publishes the same in the 
Federal Register.
    Section 43 Prior Inconsistent Acts. Except as provided otherwise 
under applicable federal law, this Code shall be the exclusive Tribal 
Law governing the introduction, distribution, Sale and regulation of 
Alcoholic Liquor within the Reservation. Excluding the Liquor Control 
Code (Michigan), this Code shall supersede any and all Tribal Laws that 
are inconsistent with the provisions of this Code, and such laws are 
hereby rescinded and repealed.
    Section 44 Sovereign Immunity Preserved.
    (a) The Tribe, and all of its constituent parts, which includes but 
is not limited to Tribal Enterprises, subordinate organizations, 
boards, committees, officers, employees and agents, are immune from 
suit in any jurisdiction except to the extent that such immunity has 
been expressly and unequivocally waived in writing by the Tribe.
    (b) Nothing in this Code, and no enforcement action taken pursuant 
to this Code or otherwise, including without limitation the filing of 
suit by the Gaming Commission to enforce any provision of this Code or 
other Tribal Law, shall constitute a waiver of such sovereign immunity, 
either as to any counterclaim, regardless of whether the asserted 
counterclaim arises out of the same transaction or occurrence, or in 
any other respect.

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