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Law officers were on alert Tuesday night at the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians offices, where factions were in a stand-off over tribal leadership, Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said.
There were 25 law enforcement officers at the tribe's business compound as a precaution Tuesday night in case problems arose, he said.
Officers were alerted to the possibility of violence because a group that is calling itself the new tribal council has taken over one of the buildings. The group went into the tribal building Saturday morning and has been allowed to come and go by the other group claiming to be in charge.
"I don't know how long we are going to be here," said Erica Stuart, Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman. "There will not be a repeat of last year. One way or another they are going to have to work out their differences and they have to do it peacefully."
Law officers from sheriff's departments in Madera and Fresno counties, the Madera and Fresno police departments and the California Highway Patrol were waiting along Road 417 in case any problems surfaced.
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