Makah, Coast Guard pact a first on several fronts

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Makah Tribal Chairman Timothy J. Greene Sr. holds the memorandum of agreement alongside Coast Guard Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor and Gov. Jay Inslee. — Photo by Meredith Parker/Makah Tribal Council

 

 

 

By Leah Leach
Peninsula Daily News

 

SEATTLE — The first written statement of the collaboration between the Makah tribe and the U.S. Coast Guard in vigilance against oil spills in the Strait of Juan de Fuca was celebrated with a traditional potlatch and blessing in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in Seattle last week.

“It was an amazing event,” said Makah general manager Meredith Parker, one of several tribal members who attended.

“The Makah hosting a potlatch at the federal building in Seattle — that’s unprecedented,” she said.

The memorandum of agreement, or MOA, signed Friday is the first written statement of the working relationship between the Makah and the Coast Guard, who collaborate in preventing and responding to oil spills in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Parker said.

“It leads the way for other tribes to follow suit,” she added.

~ by fredfelleman on April 18, 2013.

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