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Tacoma Settling Lawsuit With Skokomish Tribe

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Tacoma City Council is considering an
agreement to settle a lawsuit with the Skokomish Tribe over two
dams the city built in the 1920s on the Skokomish River.

At Tuesday's council meeting, the Tacoma News Tribune reports
the council will take up a settlement that would pay $13 million
and transfer 1,100 acres of Tacoma Power property to the tribe. In
return the tribe would drop all claims in its lawsuit.

The Tacoma Public Utilities Board approved the deal last week,
contingent on the utility receiving a 40-year federal license to
operate the hydroelectric project. It generates enough electricity
for 25,000 homes.

The tribe says the dams wiped out fishing and hunting grounds.

Information from: The News Tribune,
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