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Yakama Nation tribal police chief disputes reason for his firing

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Yakama Nation's former police chief is disputing the reasons for his termination.

Davis Washines says he disagrees with the story that's being told about his discharge.

Two unnamed sources in the tribe's legal community told a local newspaper that tribal leaders moved to fire Washines after learning that the tribe would lose a $450,000 grant intended to renovate the tribe's closed jail.

Washines says that's not true and suggests he was fired for unclear political reasons. He says he's considering his appeal options.

The jail has been closed since January 2005, before Washines was appointed as chief, over safety concerns. It had been scheduled to reopen by October 2007.

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