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A U.S. tribe wants to resume whale hunting. Should it revive this tradition?

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 lagoons in Mexico’s Baja peninsula. This year, an administrative trial in Washington state could dictate whether the Makah tribe can resume hunting the whales during future migrations.

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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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