Letter: Tax break for Eskimo whalers deserved

" The Oct. 7 Business article 'Conferees Agree on Corporate Tax Bill' said that the '[f]inancial backers of native Alaskan whalers . . . would be able to claim their contributions as a charitable tax deduction.' This statement is untrue.

The provision provides a deduction of up to $10,000 for whaling captains -- not their 'financial backers.' The captains need this because they have no 'financial backers.' As tribal leaders, they are the sole financial backers of their own subsistence whaling activities in the Arctic North Slope.

In this work, the whaling captains donate the whale harvest to the tribal communities for festivals, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The importance of the bowhead cannot be overstated: It provides life, meaning and identity to Eskimo whalers and their communities."

Get the Story:
Tim Woolsey: A Deserved Break for Whalers (The Washington Post 10/15)