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Ute Tribe Seeks OK Of Tribal Water Theft Ruling

Law360 (May 17, 2019, 7:55 PM EDT) -- The Ute Indian Tribe has urged a Utah federal judge to recognize and enforce a nearly $150,000 tribal court judgment stemming from the alleged theft of tribal water, saying the U.S. court should respect the tribal body's decision. 

The tribe said Thursday that there are limited circumstances in which a federal court can refuse to recognize a tribal court judgment, including the possibility that the judgment was obtained by fraud, that the tribal court lacked jurisdiction over the dispute, or that the tribal court did not “afford due process of law.”

According to the tribe, none of those circumstances are present...

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April 17, 2018

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