Tulalips, Microsoft settle name issue

Tulalip, Washington (AP) July 2011

The Tulalip (too-LAY’-lihp) Tribes and Microsoft Corp. have amicably settled the issue over whether the software company was using the tribe’s name for a prototype of a social media design project.

Tribal leadership sent an e-mail to The Daily Herald saying they accept the company’s explanation that Tulalip was being used as an internal code name and was never intended to be use publicly. They say they consider the matter resolved.

A few minutes later, Microsoft sent the newspaper a statement of its own, saying company officials had spoken with tribal representatives and have apologized to the tribe.

The company says it respects the sensitivities the Tulalip Tribes have around the use of their name. Microsoft will no longer be used for the research project.