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
Ecological Indian talk
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