November 2, 1998 |
Makah tribal police arrested four anti-whaling protesters who entered reservation land during a demonstration over the tribe's planned whale hunt. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society official Lisa Distefano, group photographer Jan Cook of Seattle, and members Matahil Lawson of British Columbia and Ken Nichols of Hawaii were arrested on trespassing charges. All four were released.
April 6, 1999 |
In a victory for Washington tribes, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday affirmed their right to harvest shellfish on private beaches. The decision stunned private property owners. The court rejected without comment an appeal of a lower-court ruling that upheld the tribes' shellfish rights. State officials, shellfish growers and private property owners had challenged the decision, contending that Indians' 19th-century treaties give them no legal claim to shellfish on private property.
May 12, 1999 |
Bad weather, fatigue and the threat of a protest brought the Makah's whaling crew back to shore on Tuesday with no whale in tow. Accompanied by a support boat and a small flotilla of media, Coast Guard and protest vessels, the Indian tribe's crew launched its carved cedar canoe from a Pacific beach early Tuesday in hopes of intercepting a whale migrating from Mexico to the summer feeding grounds off Alaska.
October 1, 1998 |
The Makah Indians are about to embark on their first gray whale hunt in 70 years, reviving a tradition that died out when the animals nearly became extinct. There is no one alive among the Makahs who has ever gone whaling, but they have heard stories and songs about it all their lives. The Makah live at the northwesternmost point of the Lower 48 states. Like their ancestors, they will strike first with a harpoon from a cedar canoe. But in a departure from tradition, they will use a .
August 29, 1988
The Puyallup Indian tribe in Washington has voted overwhelmingly to end years of negotiations and accept a $162-million offer in return for giving up claim to one-time reservation land that includes sections of Tacoma. A legal battle for the disputed land "might've taken 20 or 30 years," and would be expensive, Gabriel Landry of the Puyallup Tribal Council said. The governing bodies involved include the federal government, the state of Washington and the city of Tacoma.
May 9, 2000 |
A seven-member Makah family spent the weekend hunting for a gray whale but failed to make a kill despite several close encounters. The family was watched from a distance by the U.S. Coast Guard and a flotilla of anti-whaling protest boats. Sunday's hunt was the fourth by the family in the last month. Their 10-day permit expires next week, after which they can apply for a new one. "They're not discouraged at all," said Keith Johnson, head of the Makah Whaling Commission.