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Daily siren warned Indians to get out of town

A Nevada town has turned off a siren that the Washoe Tribe said was used to warn Indians to get out of town.

The siren has blown everyday at noon and 6pm. Washoe Chairman Brian Wallace said it was tied to a 1917 ordinance that required Indians to be out of town by 6:30pm or face a $25 fine and 10 days in jail.

Local officials said they can't find written records that link the siren to the 1917 law. But the county manager said the law was repealed in 1974 because it was unconstitutional.

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Minden siren on (The Nevada Appeal 9/22)

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