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Utah criminal case dismissed against American Indian accused of assault on tribal land


For the second time, prosecutors in Uintah County have dismissed assault charges against an American Indian whose case helped reignite a long-running jurisdictional feud between the Ute Tribe and two Utah counties.

The dismissal of Keith Blackhair's case comes in the wake of an appeals court ruling that scolded Utah prosecutors for going after Ute tribal members who commit crimes on Indian land ­— a place where they have no jurisdiction.

It's one of about two dozen cases Uintah County Attorney Mark Thomas said his office will now review.


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