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Tribe denounces whale shooting

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NEAH BAY, Wash.  - The Makah Tribal Council has vowed to prosecute tribe members who allegedly killed a California gray whale that was harpooned and shot several times off Washington state's coast.

The council calls it a "blatant violation" of tribal law that won't be tolerated. But 1 of the five suspects arrested by the Coast Guard and turned over to tribal authorities tells a newspaper he's "feeling kind of proud" and that whaling is "in the blood."

The tribal council says the men are free on bail.

The American Indian tribe has more than 1,000 members and is based in Neah (NEE'-uh) Bay at Washington's westernmost tip.

The tribe was legally allowed to kill a whale in 1999 and the captain of that crew is 1 of the suspects. He tells The Seattle Times his only regret is waiting so long to do it again.

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