Makah Nation to discuss rogue hunt on Capitol Hill

Leaders of the Makah Nation plan to meet with their Congressional delegation to contain the damage from an unauthorized whale hunt.

The tribe denounced the shooting and harpooning of a gray whale on Saturday. Chairman Ben Johnson Jr. said the incident hurt the tribe's attempts to gain a federal permit to exercise its treaty rights.

"We know it's going to hurt," he told The Peninsula Daily News.

Meanwhile, the tribe has set up a checkpoint at the reservation to prevent anti-whalers from staging protests. The tribe has receive death threats by email and by telephone.

Get the Story:
Makah leaders rush to Washington, D.C., today (The Peninsula Daily News 9/10)
Checkpoint set up near entrance to Makah Reservation (The Peninsula Daily News 9/10)
Makah leaders promise to punish whale hunters (The Peninsula Daily News 9/10)
Hunter not ashamed of killing whale without a permit (The Seattle Times 9/10)
Tribal leaders promise prosecutions in whale killing (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 9/10)

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:
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