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Courtroom shows tribal rift after Washington school shooting


SEATTLE (AP) — The courtroom was divided Monday along the lines that have separated an American Indian tribe since one of their own killed four high school classmates and himself with a gun he took from his father.

The families of the slain filled one side, many wiping away tears as federal prosecutors read the victims' names aloud. Raymond Fryberg's family and friends packed the other as he was sentenced for gun charges in a case that led to changes in the way tribal and local governments share criminal information.

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart acknowledged the rift in the room and the one that it represented for the greater Tulalip Tribe.


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