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House panel passes Makah whaling resolution

The House Resources Committee voted 21-6 on Wednesday to approve a resolution that supports the Makah Nation's treaty rights.

Five Democrats joined 16 Republicans in voting for the H.CON.RES.267. Five other Democrats -- including Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Washington), who called the nonbinding measure a political stunt -- voted against it.

Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), the chairman of the committee, introduced the resolution. It calls for the United States to honor the 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay, which guarantees the tribe's right to hunt whale.

Get the Story:
Nonbinding vote supports Makah quest to hunt whale (AP 10/20)
House committee supports Makah whaling effort (The Peninsula Daily News 10/20)

Relevant Links:
Makah Nation -
Makah Request for a Waiver of the Moratorium on Taking Marine Mammals -

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