Terminated Utes to press case in court, public arena

Former members of the Ute Tribe of Utah who were terminated by the federal government will continue to press their case in the courts and in the public arena.

The 490 mixed-blood Uintas lost their federal recognition under an act of Congress in 1954. Full-bloods -- defined as those with at least one-half and over one-half Indian blood -- were allowed to keep their tribal membership.

The mixed-bloods eventually filed suit to challenge their removal from the tribe. But a judge last month ruled that the group waited too long to fight termination.

The plaintiffs are planning an appeal and a letter-writing campaign to draw attention to their case.

Get the Story:
Mixed-blood Uintas plan letter campaign (The Deseret Morning News 2/21)

Court Decision:
Felter v. Norton (January 27, 2006)

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