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Makah Indians paddle their 32-foot canoe "Hummingbird" into open Pacific Ocean waters during a practice on Aug. 20, 1998 in Neah Bay, Wash. At left is Dwight Tevuk and right is Eric Johnson. The Makah tribe is poised to go on its first whale hunt in 70 years this fall, hoping to take at least one gray whale as the animals migrate south from the Aleutian chain to warmer southern waters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Elaine Thompson
After an extended — and unprecedented process — NOAA Fisheries has granted the Makah tribe’s request for a waiver under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The tribe hopes to exercise their treaty right to whaling next spring.
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