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Oneida Indian Nation official acquitted

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ONEIDA NATION HOMELANDS, N.Y. (Staff reports) ? A member of the Oneida Nation's Men's Council was acquitted on Aug. 8 in tribal court of harassment and assault charges. Clint Hill, representative of the Turtle Clan was acquitted of the charges after the alleged victims failed to appear in court.

A third charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed provided Hill violates no tribal laws during the next six months.

Hill was charged after a July 7 incident in which he allegedly bumped into Diane Schenandoah, knocking her into her mother Maisie Shenandoah. Shenandoah and her daughter, long-time critics of the Nation's current leadership, were allegedly trespassing on Hill's property.

The trial was the first ever conducted in the Nation's court, which was established in 1997.

Hill still faces similar charges in the Oneida City Court. His lawyer planned a motion to dismiss the charges as double jeopardy. The city prosecutor said he planned to continue his prosecution.