Makah Nation charges five for unauthorized hunt

The Makah Nation of Washington charged five tribal members who killed a gray whale without permission.

The five are being charged in tribal court. The Indian Civil Rights Act limits punishment to a $5,000 fine and one year in prison for each of the defendants.

Separately, the U.S. Attorney in Western Washington is charging the men with conspiracy, unlawful taking of a marine mammal, and unauthorized whaling. They could each face up to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

The September 8 hunt was done without tribal of federal approval. The tribe is currently seeking a permit under the Marine Mammals Protection to hunt a whale.

Get the Story:
5 charged over whale hunt (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 11/27)

Relevant Documents:
Tribal Council Statement | Makah Tribal Whale Hunt | Marine Mammal Protection Act

Court Decisions:
Anderson v. Evans (June 7, 2004) | Anderson v. Evans (December 20, 2002)

Relevant Links:
Makah Nation - http://www.makah.com

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