The Nebraska State Supreme Court ruled Friday that liquor stores in Whiteclay will remain closed.
The decision upholds an April ruling by state regulators not to renew liquor licenses to the four beer stores in Whiteclay.
The small village is next to an American Indian reservation in South Dakota, where many have struggled with alcohol-related problems, extreme poverty and addiction.
In the ruling released Friday, documents sent out read, "The retailers failed to include all "parties of record" in the Commission proceeding when they sought review in the district court. The district court never acquired subject matter jurisdiction, and as a result, we lack jurisdiction over this appeal. We vacate the judgment of the district court and dismiss the appeal."