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Originally published Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 7:15 AM

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Tacoma settling lawsuit with Skokomish Tribe

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.

TACOMA, Wash. —

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.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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