Animal Law Review

Author Details

Richard Kirk Eichstaedt is Adjudication Coordinator, Nez Perce Tribe, Water Resources Division, Lapwai, Idaho

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In 1997 the International Whaling Commission approved a quota for the Makah Indian Tribe to hunt four gray whales per year, culminating years of legal wrangling and political maneu­vering by all of the concerned parties. Mr. Eichstaedl examines the history of the Makah whaling rights from the Tribe's treaty with the United States in 1855 to the present-day battles with Congress and the IWC. This unfolding story pits a species of whale once on the brink of extinction, against Native Ameri­cans re-asserting a centuries-old custom.



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