...two days after the purchase of Sir Percival "T" Tesla, I took off to accomplish goal number one in my " "Tesla to the Four Corners of the USA" goal and headed northwest to Neah Bay, WA and Cape Flattery.
Neah Bay is on the Makah Tribal Lands. The Makah have a long history of occupying these lands and are famous for their whale hunting and fisheries. They were also one of the first tribes in the US to demand
accordance with the original treaties between the US and the Tribes in exercising these hunting and fishing rights.
Even though then Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens had made a treaty in 1857 that allowed the Makah to hunt and fish on their own lands to which they had been accustomed since time immemorial, the influx of white settlers in the 19th century and the boom of non- native sport and commercial fisheries had a negative impact on the tribe.
In a famous case, United States vs Washington State, US Justice George Boldt handed down a landmark decision that the sports and commercial industries has no rights nor claim to these tribal fishing and whaling practices and had to cease harassing the Makah and honor in reality that original treaty.
An excellent book is available on this subject is A Lawyer in Indian Country by Alvin Ziontz.
After hiking out to Cape Flattery, generally agreed to be the farthest NW point of the continental, contiguous US, I visited Makah Tribal Museum and was awed by the rich collection of tribal artifacts and historical archives of the tribes. Much of this was found when the Makah recovered their buried town of Ozette, WA in a partnership with University of Washington Archeology Dept. in the 1970's.
It is learning things like the above that drives me-pardon the pun-to travel.
Lastly, I am delighted to report that the Makah Tribe, in partnership with Tesla and Sun Country EV Chargers, has six EV charging stations on tribal lands: four Tesla plugs and two J1772 general EV plugs. Hopefully this will inspire more clean, pollution-free visits to this very wonderful place.
Gratitude to the Makah- Thank You!