According to CNN, four people are dead after a woman opened fire in a Native American tribal office in Northern California. According to Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter, the suspect, who also used a knife, is in custody. Two people who were shot are in critical condition.

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Um Burt, this is near where i grew up and there's a good chance that i may know/be related to the people involved. I'll be calling my family from up in those parts tomorrow for more information. In the meantime here's the take from the local paper for that part of the country… The larger issue here is about how gambling is harming tribes in the states, esp in teeny tiny rural towns. I'm not sure how much more cultural context/info you'd want though... so i'll just stop now. :(