New Makah leader looks beyond whaling issues

NEAH BAY — Micah McCarty, the Makah tribe’s new chairman, said Monday that the tribe has much more to face than the upcoming trial of five whalers.

“We’re still trying to close the gap on contracting the clinic,” he said of the Makah’s desire to build and operate the tribe’s own health center in place of the current Indian Health Service facility.

In Port Angeles, the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe have operated an independent medical and dental clinic at 24351 W. U.S. Highway 101 for two years, and the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe hope to open an enlarged health center at Olympic Medical Center’s Sequim Medical Park.

McCarty, who replaced Ben Johnson Jr. after Johnson did not seek re-election, was chosen as chairman by a majority of council members.

The council members are Michael Lawrence, Blanchard Matte, Nate Tyler and Timothy Greene.

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