'An extreme case of torture and abuse': Fight to bring one of the last surviving orcas captured in Puget Sound home

Members of the Lummi Nation are fighting for the return of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut, an orca who was taken from the Puget Sound in August 1970.

LUMMI NATION, Wash. — In the 1960s and ’70s, Washington state was selling one of its greatest treasures for just a few hundred dollars.

Orcas were hunted, captured and sent to aquariums and amusement parks around the world. Many of the orcas who were captured have died, except one. 

Now members of the Lummi Nation are fighting for her return.

A sacred connection

On the shore of the Salish Sea, members of the Lummi Nation pray for

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