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Sauk-Suiattle Tribe's longtime police chief fired

The longtime police chief of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington was fired last week, and an employee who refused an order to oust the chief also left the tribe.

Ernie DeCoteau, police chief for 19 years, says new chairwoman Gloria Green fired him for political reasons. Dave Shaw, the tribe's general manager, was also let go because he refused Green's order to get rid of DeCoteau, The Skagit Valley Herald reported.

Green denies DeCoteau's allegations. She said she is trying to eliminate family rivalries within the small tribe.

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