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YES! Magazine: Tribes seek role in managing ocean habitats in treaty territory
YES! Magazine: Tribes seek role in managing ocean habitats in treaty territory (February 3, 2020)

An inspiring collaboration on the Pacific Coast blew fishery conservation goals out of the water.


Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act up for first hearing in new political climate
Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act up for first hearing in new political climate (July 25, 2019)

A bill to help tribes address the impacts of climate change is up for its first hearing in the 116th Congress.


Makah Nation once again asks for approval to exercise treaty whale hunting rights
Makah Nation once again asks for approval to exercise treaty whale hunting rights (April 4, 2019)

The Makah Nation is the only tribe with a treaty-guaranteed right to hunt whales but hasn't been able to exercise those rights in 20 years.


Tribes in northern California take action to protect salmon runs
Tribes in northern California take action to protect salmon runs (June 24, 2016)

The Hoopa Valley Tribe and the Yurok Tribe have seen back-to-back years of fish kills and this year's runs are shaping up to be some of the worst on record.


Sun'aq Tribe concerned after 30 large whales die in Gulf of Alaska
Sun'aq Tribe concerned after 30 large whales die in Gulf of Alaska (August 25, 2015)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating what is being called an 'unusual mortality event' in Alaska.


Public comment period extended on whale hunt for Makah Nation
Public comment period extended on whale hunt for Makah Nation (June 4, 2015)

The tribe secured the right to hunt in the 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay but the federal courts have ruled that the hunt must comply with federal law.


Makah Nation mounts strong defense of whaling at public hearing
Makah Nation mounts strong defense of whaling at public hearing (May 1, 2015)

An opponent was so moved by the testimony of tribal members that he changed his position on the hunt.


Public turns out for first hearing on Makah Nation's whale hunt
Public turns out for first hearing on Makah Nation's whale hunt (April 28, 2015)

The 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay secures the tribe's right to hunt but environmental groups have slowed the process through litigation.


Makah Nation committed to resumption of treaty whale hunts
Makah Nation committed to resumption of treaty whale hunts (March 6, 2015)

The tribe's last successful gray whale hunt occurred in May 1999.


Blog: West Coast tribes take lead on ocean planning committee
Blog: West Coast tribes take lead on ocean planning committee (December 4, 2013)

The Smith River Rancheria of California and other tribes on the West Coast are injecting traditional knowledge into the federal government's ocean planning efforts.