Neah Bay: Makah, federal government seek full court review of whaling ban

EMELINE COKELET

NEAH BAY -- The Makah and the U.S. government are seeking a full-panel review of a December decision by a federal appeals court that bars the tribe from hunting gray whales.

And joining their petitions are 23 Indian tribes from the Northwest and Midwest -- including the Lower Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S'Klallam tribes of Clallam County -- that filed a collective brief this week supporting the Makah in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

If the December decision is overturned in a full-panel review, the Makah could be cleared to whale again.

The petitions come almost three months after a three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit ordered the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service to prepare a full environmental impact statement before the Makah can resume whale hunts.

The panel also said the whale hunt violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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Last modified: March 13. 2003 9:00PM
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