Tag Archives: Gray Whale

Suquamish Tribe takes ownership of gray whale carcass

The Suquamish Tribe has acquired a 30-foot-long dead gray whale that will be used for educational purposes. “We saw this as a great opportunity for the tribe,” said Rob Purser, Suquamish’s fisheries director. “Historically, tribes would trade parts of the whale with each other, since not all tribes had access to them within their fishing […]

Court’s Ruling Ignores Makah Treaty Right

January 16, 2003 It’s just plain wrong. In response to yet another suit from an animal rights group, a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that requirements of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act take precedence over the tribe’s treaty-reserved right to hunt whales. “We conclude that the MMPA must […]