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Makah Tribe moving closer to whaling rights

The Makah Tribe of Neah Bay is closer than ever to regaining the whaling rights guaranteed by an 1855 Treaty with the Territory of Washington. The Makah began litigating their case in 2005, and as of this fall, an administrative law judge is reviewing their request for a waiver to the Marine Mammal Protection Act so they can resume traditional hunting of the gray whale.

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5/19/2020

article Makah Tribe's early shelter in place order may seem extreme, but it's working
(Washington) -- The Makah Tribe was the first community in the state to shut down and has isolated its small population since March 16. Its geography, with only one road...

5/5/2020

article Makah tribal chair: "We protect our elders"
(Washington) -- At the far corner of the Olympic Peninsula is one of the few places in Washington state with zero confirmed cases of coronavirus. It’s the Makah...

5/3/2020

article Makah Tribe Fights Coronavirus With Self-Reliance and Extreme Isolation
(Washington) -- The coronavirus quarantine checkpoint went up at the entrance to the Makah Indian Reservation March 16: For the Kwih-dich-chuh-ahtx or People who Live by...

3/22/2020

article Makah Tribe orders Neah Bay residents to shelter in place
(Washington) -- The Makah Tribe has enacted a shelter-in-place order and banned all gatherings outside the home as well as non-essential travel. The Makah Tribal Council...

3/15/2020

article Makah Tribe closes Neah Bay to non-residents
(Washington) -- The Makah Tribe is shutting down to outsiders. As of Monday and until further notice, businesses and properties owned by the Makah Tribe will limit or...

2/26/2020

article Makah Tribe moving closer to whaling rights
(Washington) -- The Makah Tribe of Neah Bay is closer than ever to regaining the whaling rights guaranteed by an 1855 Treaty with the Territory of Washington. The Makah...

2/18/2020

article Makah chief to share tribal tradition
(Washington) -- A chief of the Waatch Village of the Makah Tribe will tell the story of how his family is related to the gray whale and the importance of the whaling...
article Public comment accepted on Makah whaling proposal
(Washington) -- The public comment period will end on March 16 for a proposal that would open the way for the Makah to resume subsistence whale hunting. The National...

12/4/2019

article Letters to the Editor: Whaling is an immoral way for a native tribe to reclaim its heritage
(California) -- To the editor: While we were floating in small boats in one of Baja California’s gray whale “nursery” lagoons, mother whales brought...

12/1/2019

article A U.S. tribe wants to resume whale hunting. Should it revive this tradition?
(Washington) -- Each year at this time, gray whales begin the roughly 6,000-mile journey south from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to their calving and breeding...

11/29/2019

article SEATTLE TIMES: Honor the Makahs’ treaty right to hunt whales
(Washington) -- The 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay could not be clearer: The U.S. government agreed the Makah Tribe, natives of the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula, had...

11/14/2019

article After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again
(Washington) -- Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted...
article Makah Tribe’s quest to hunt another gray whale moves to court
(Washington) -- Twenty years ago, the Makah Indian Tribe hunted and killed a gray whale, touching off both pride and protest around the world. The tribe is attempting to...
article Will Whale Hunting Return to the Pacific Northwest?
(Washington) -- The hunters paddled frantically, closing in on their target. When they drew near, one of them stood in the cedar canoe and thrust a harpoon into the...

11/13/2019

article NOAA Fisheries to advocate in court for Makah Tribe whale hunts
(Washington) -- The Makah Tribe in northwest Washington will make its case starting tomorrow in federal court in Seattle as to why they should be able to resume hunting...

8/25/2019

article Makah whaling hearing scheduled
(Washington) -- A hearing before a federal administrative law judge that could lead to a resumption of Makah whaling has been postponed to Nov. 14. The hearing was...

8/23/2019

article Makah Days festival celebrates culture
(Washington) -- Today begins Makah Days, the 95th annual celebration of Makah culture. The festival spans three days with canoe races, bone games, kids’ races,...

8/22/2019

article Makah Tribe celebrates culture in Neah Bay
(Washington) -- The Makah Tribe will host the 95th annual celebration of its culture and patriotism with Makah Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This celebration...

4/8/2019

article NOAA Supports Indigenous Tribe's Whale Hunt Request. Some Environmentalists Don't
(Washington) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is backing an indigenous tribe’s request to resume whale hunting rights off Washington...

4/6/2019

article Dori: Makah Tribe claims it needs to kill gray whales for ‘subsistence’
(Washington) -- Back in 1999, I extensively covered the effort by the Makah Tribe to hunt a gray whale. It was horrifying. The more I researched it, the more horrifying...
article Feds support Makah tribe’s push for whale hunt
(Washington) -- Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts...

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