Chukchansi confrontation turns violent

FRESNO, Calif.

The violence broke out at the offices adjacent to the casino and hotel, south of Coarsegold in Madera County.

It comes on the heels of a dispute between tribe members that erupted on Monday when supporters of newly-elected tribal members staged a takeover at the tribe's government center.

On Monday night, deputies from the Madera County Sheriff's Department stayed across the street in an effort to keep the peace while the two groups of tribal members set up camp in neighboring office buildings.

One of the main issues in the conflict is disenrollment of tribal members, which has been a source of controvery for months.

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