FROM THE ARCHIVE

Tribe not bankrolling whale hunt

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MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2002

The Makah Nation of Washington won't be paying for any whale hunts this year, having cut the entire budget for the controversial exercise of treaty rights.

The tribe's whaling commission also has been shut down and the federal government hasn't allocated any money to help out either. Some tribal members are taking the change as a snub but the tribal council says it's a matter of competing priorities.

The tribe still might issue permits to whaling families, which have traditionally been responsible for the hunt. A majority of reservation households surveyed by The Seattle Times would be happy to get more meat.

In addition to the dropping tribal and federal support, protesters are going away. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society have given up the fight against the hunt.

Get the Story:
Makah leaders say more pressing needs than whale hunts face their people (The Seattle Times 4/15)
Survey finds hunt pleasing to Makah palate, pride (The Seattle Times 4/15)
Paul Watson: Makah aren't the target (The Seattle Times 4/15)

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

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