A U.S. tribe wants to resume whale hunting. Should it revive this tradition?

Makah Tribal Council member Patrick DePoe
Makah Tribal Council member Patrick DePoe stands before the skeleton of the last gray whale to be killed by his tribe — on May 17, 1999 — at the Makah Museum in Neah Bay, Wash.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

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Susanne Rust is an investigative reporter specializing in environmental issues. Before coming to the Los Angeles Times, she was the editor of Columbia University’s Energy & Environmental Reporting Project, where she oversaw several reporting projects, including a series that examined ExxonMobil’s understanding of climate science in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Rust started her career in 2003 as a science reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including a George Polk and John S. Oakes award for environmental reporting. In 2009, she and her colleague, Meg Kissinger, were selected as Pulitzer finalists. Rust was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University in 2009, and environment reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting between 2010 and 2014.