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On October 27, 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Roberts issued a "Minute Order" in the pending case Felter et al v. Norton et al, 1:02 CV 2156. Judge Roberts ordered the parties in this action to file supplemental memorandums on the "Preclusive effects" of prior judgments in the long history over the faulty implementation of the Ute Partition and Termination Act, an Act of Congress passed in 1954. The attorney for the plaintiffs in this case, Dennis G. Chappabitty, noted that he will work with the lead plaintiffs, his research and hours of writing to meet the deadline of December 1, 2009 to file the legal memorandums. This case over the faultyimplementation of the Ute Partition Act was filed in November 2002., in washington D.C.

"While we were hoping that we would receive a "Decision" on the case instead of the Minute Order, this is not unusual for the Judge to request more documents before issuing his decision, and it tells me that "Judge has finally decided to move on the case and in lookng at it very carefully as he does not want to be reversed on appeal", Mr Chappabitty said.

"As I have stated many times over the last seven going on eight years, I feel our case is a good sound case and I will do everything in my power to make sure everything is put before the judge that he is requesting, this will take a lot of time and research within the next thirty days, as I have to have all documents filed with the court on or before December 1st, 2009." This could also mean a trip to Washingtio D.C. for oral arguments meaning I will have to fly back there to represent your legal interest in this very important case. Therefore, it is very important that you get the requested donations that was asked for in the November 1st, 2009 Counsel of Record Report."

"I no sooner had Oranna put tha Counsel of Record Reports out in the mail and the "Minute Order" came in from the Judge the next day or I could have added it in my Report. I'm hoping that everyone will be made aware of this very important move by the Ju;dge who is presiding over the Felter Case, and continue to support the case as quickly as possible. Please get the requested donations in to Oranna as fast as you can. You have her address on the Counsel of Record Report, datedNovember 1st, 2009.

As soon as any more developments happen on the case, I will be in contact with each of you should we have the funds to do so. Until then Pray for the Judge to make a good sound desision on our case, as we continue our "Journey for Justice."

Dennis Chappabitty, Federal Attorney for Plaintiffs of Felter v. Salazar

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