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Update: 11 Hour Stand-Off Ends at Berry Creek Rancheria

By Kelli Saam
Published On: May 16 2013 09:35:57 AM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 02:32:48 PM CDT
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OROVILLE, Calif. -

A Tyme Maidu tribal dispute led to an 11-hour standoff at the Berry Creek Rancheria in Oroville.  The Butte County Sheriff's Office said several people locked themselves inside the building and refused to leave.

Around noon Thursday, law enforcement forced entry into the building through a window.   The people did not resist.  About 20 people emerged from the building as the situation ended safely.  The people were taken away in Butte County Sheriff's Office transport vans.  Deputies said they would be taken to the Butte County Jail.

It all started around 1 a.m. Thursday at the tribal offices just outside the Gold Country Casino.

The dispute stemmed from a disagreement over the Tyme Maidu tribe's dis-enrollment process.

More than a dozen law enforcement vehicles responded early Thursday.

The people inside covered the windows with plastic.  A group of people outside yelled for the media to turn off their cameras.

KRCR News Channel 7 reporter Jerry Olenyn describes it as a very tense situation.  At one point people outside threatened Olenyn, one woman threw a rock at him.

By 10:45 a.m. deputies and officers surrounded the building.  Jerry Olenyn said it appeared one of them was carrying a sledgehammer.

Then at noon, the people started to emerge from the building.

We'll bring you more information on KRCR News Channel 7 starting at 5.