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Tacoma Federal Court Sentencing for Makah Whalers

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Five Makah Indian whalers who killed a gray whale without a permit in September face sentencing in federal court in Tacoma.
Federal prosecutors are recommending sentences Monday of two years probation and 100 hours of community service for three men who pleaded guilty: Frankie Gonzales, Theron Parker and William Secor.
Prosecutors are recommending 60-day prison sentences for two men, described as the leaders, who were convicted: Wayne Johnson and Andy Noel. All are from Neah Bay.
The men were arrested by the Coast Guard Sept. 8 after they harpooned and shot a whale that died and sank.
The Makah have a treaty right to hunt gray whales as the tribe did in 1999. But courts have said the Makah need a federal permit, which the tribe is still seeking.
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