Friday, June 03, 2005
The Makah of the Olympic Peninsula have always been whalers. When stocks of the gray whale plummeted due to over-harvesting by others, the Makah voluntarily refrained from exercising their treaty rights to whale. Now the stocks are back to very healthy levels, but the opponents of whaling -- those who would name each whale and make a pet of it -- have forced the Makah into an expensive thicket of court and administraive proceedings, effectively thwarting the Makah from exercising their treaty rights. Read about it here. As a proud American of European heritage, I am shamed by the treatment of these proud and decent people. Visit their Museum at Neah Bay, Washington.