Editorial: Put an end to Makah Nation whale hunts
"Let last September's botched, illegal whale hunt by five members of the Makah Tribe in the Strait of Juan de Fuca be the last for a long, long time.

The application of the federal criminal-justice system to the killing of the gray whale has been a work in progress for months. A plea deal was close on Monday, and then collapsed. Another agreement might be forthcoming Thursday, or maybe the case will go to trial next month.

Either way, the tribe's separate and ongoing request for an exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act to hunt another whale, after one was legally taken in 1999, ought to be buried under a tall stack of paper."

Get the Story:
Editorial: The death of a whale (The Seattle Times 3/26)

Another Story:
Tribal pretrial conference postponed for five Makah whalers (The Peninsula Daily News 3/26)

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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Rogue Makah hunters indicted on federal charges (10/5)
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