Five tribes in Washington, California, Alaska and Maine are getting a total of nearly $1 million in federal money to help imperiled marine mammals and fish. NOAA Fisheries announced the awards Tuesday. In Washington state, the Makah Tribal Council is getting about $190,000 to study threats to Steller sea lions, southern resident killer whales and humpback whales. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is getting $300,000 for research affecting Pacific smelt in the Lower Columbia River tributaries.
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