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Battle brewing over park claimed by Tulalips

A Washington state park claimed by the Tulalip Tribes is also being claimed by three other tribes but the Tulalips don't seem to be worried.

"That's our territory, our area," Tulalip Chairman Stan Jones Sr. told The Everett Herald, "We've always been the dominant tribe and kicked other tribes out. They could only come in at our invitation. There's really nothing to fight over."

The Samish Nation, the Swinomish Tribe and the Upper Skagit Tribe disagree. They met with the state on Friday and said they are prepared to take legal action if the Tulalips claim sole ownership, the paper said.

State officials say all four tribes, plus the Stillaguamish Tribe, should be involved in the talks over Cama Beach State Park, where remains and artifacts have been found. Work at the park has been put on hold pending discussion of the issue.

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More tribes claim stake in park (The Everett Herald 7/16)

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