September 15, 2007

Makah see it both ways

Some Makah tribal leaders say they are sympathetic to frustrations of rogue whalersKeith Johnson, the president of the Makah tribe's whaling commission who helped Wayne Johnson with his statement, said today that he also understands the whalers' feelings. "There are two ways you can look at it," Johnson said. "Yes, it was absolutely wrong, they didn't have a permit. But it doesn't say in the treaty you have to have a permit.

"I see it both ways. These guys certainly wanted to exercise their treaty right, and they want to bring traditional foods home, we want subsistence, the freezers are low, and they want whale meat for the winter time, and I am sympathetic to them when they say that."

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