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Bernie Gobin, a proud leader of Tulalip Tribes

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Over a long and active life, Bernie Gobin was a fisherman, a politician and a master carver. But each endeavor had a single motivating force — his heritage as an American Indian and his commitment to preserving the Tulalip Tribes' history and culture. "Everything he was involved with was an expression of how passionately he felt about his people," said his son Steve Gobin. Bernie Gobin died of an apparent heart attack Monday (May 4). He was 79.

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