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The Makah Whale-Hunt Controversy

Makah whale hunt The Makah whale-hunt controversy began in 1999 with the first successful whale hunt in modern history. It flared up when five rogue Makahs killed a whale in 2007.

Like other Native issues—e.g., gaming, mascots, Columbus Day—the whale hunts pit Indians against powerful forces in American society. In this case, the forces it's the environment and environmentalists. How the conflict plays out in our culture and media tells us a lot about the Indians' social status.

Here's a collection of links on the subject:

Whalers sentenced to jail
Knowledge of whale hunt denied
Makah okayed whale hunt?
Wailing about whaling
Makah proposal is low-impact
Whalers slapped on the wrist
Whalers quickly convicted
3 whalers down, 2 to go
How the Makah 5 felt
Makah defense shapes up
Makah plan to resume whaling
Makah Tribe finally charges whalers
Incompetent rogue whalers
Whale kill took hours
Feds indict whale hunters
Hypocrisy over a whale
Makah see it both ways
Hunt triggers hate
Whale not machine-gunned after all
Whale killers must pay
More opinions on the Makah
Unheroic Makah hunters
Tribe is ashamed; hunter isn't
Makahs machine-gun whale
The whale-hunting controversy

Related links
Ecological Indian talk

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